Me­dia trusted over Trump: poll

Two-thirds of Amer­i­cans sur­veyed want pres­i­dent to get off Twit­ter, be­liev­ing it is a dis­trac­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - MC­CLATCHY WASH­ING­TON BU­REAU

WASH­ING­TON — Nearly two-thirds of Amer­i­can vot­ers find Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s use of Twit­ter is reck­less and dis­tract­ing, ac­cord­ing to a new na­tion­wide Mc­Clatchy-Marist poll.

The poll found that 65 per cent of reg­is­tered vot­ers na­tion­wide dis­ap­proved of Trump’s Twit­ter use, while 25 per cent found it ef­fec­tive and in­for­ma­tive.

And de­spite Trump’s fre­quent crit­i­cisms of news me­dia, which he terms the en­emy, the poll found that most vot­ers trust their favourite news sources over Trump, 67 per cent to 29 per cent. The find­ings sug­gest that Trump has a cred­i­bil­ity prob­lem, said Lee Miringoff of the Mc­Clatchy-Marist Poll.

“Typ­i­cally pres­i­dents ei­ther en­joy a hon­ey­moon or they reach out be­yond their base,” Miringoff said. “This has been an ad­min­is­tra­tion that de­spite not win­ning the pop­u­lar vote has put the pedal to the floor and has pushed as quickly and as hard as they can with lim­ited pub­lic sup­port be­hind it. Their ac­tions and style sug­gest a huge man­date which wasn’t there in the vote.”

Only 18 per cent of vot­ers said they trust Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion “a great deal” to de­liver ac­cu­rate and fac­tual in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic. Forty per cent said they don’t trust the pres­i­dent at all, and 17 per cent don’t trust him very much. Among Democrats, 61 per cent dis­trust Trump com­pletely. Among in­de­pen­dents, 45 per cent don’t trust him at all. It’s not sur­pris­ing that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is leav­ing a trail of bad num­bers, both in terms of Trump’s ap­proval rat­ings, but also in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Mirigoff said.

“He’s us­ing po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal with the pub­lic that he hasn’t re­ally in­vested and de­vel­oped,” he said.

The Mc­Clatchy-Marist poll asked vot­ers whether they think Trump is too tough on the me­dia or the me­dia is too hard on Trump. Thir­tyeight per cent of vot­ers said the me­dia is too hard on Trump, com­pared to 45 per cent who think Trump is too hard on the me­dia.

“I think with him it’s just an ego thing,” said Dan­nette Tucker, a 37-year-old in­de­pen­dent voter from San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia. “He doesn’t like to be talked about poorly” by the me­dia.

Trump’s quar­rel with the me­dia is a dis­trac­tion from what he’s ex­pected to do, which is run the coun­try, said Cora Wright, 81, a reg­is­tered Repub­li­can from Olathe, Kan., who voted Demo­cratic. “He just does that be­cause he doesn’t have a han­dle on how to run the coun­try.”

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