New Poll: One-Third of Americans Believe News Media is ‘Enemy of the People’


(Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

According to a new poll conducted by The Hill and Harris X, more than a third of the country now believes Trump is correct that the press is the “enemy of the people,” but that third appears to be made up of mostly women and young people.

Fifty-one percent of Republicans now say the press is the “enemy of the people,” compared with 14% of Democrats and 35% of Independents.

But millennials are the most likely to hold that view — as 38% believe the statement the president coined. Those 65 and older were the least likely to call the news media the enemy of the people- only 29%.

Females are 5% more likely to believe the media is the “enemy of the people” than men, and females age 18-34 are the most likely of any age/gender demographic to say so– 41%.

Hispanics were the most likely to say so of any race- 36% believe the statement to be true.

Less surprisingly, rural people were more likely to say the press is the enemy of the people than city dwellers– 46% to 26% (31% for suburbanites). The Midwest and South were the most likely to say so, each at around 35%.

According to a Gallup poll, trust in the media was at an all-time low among both parties in 2016. Trust in the media was highest in the 1970s, which may explain why older Americans are more likely to trust the news media.

[Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP]


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