Media trusted over Trump: poll
Two-thirds of Americans surveyed want president to get off Twitter, believing it is a distraction
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.”