Poll: Americans agree with Trump about media being the ‘enemy’

President Trump conflicted with the legacy media in America as soon as he announced his campaign in 2015, and even insiders like Politico’s senior media writer Jack Shafer admitted back then that his campaign was run “directly against the media.”

The conflict resulted in “copious” attention and surpassed previous conflicts with the press that came under Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Then he won, and throughout his tenure in the White House, the media was the “enemy” and “fake news.”

Turns out many Americans believe he was right.

A Rasmussen poll obtained by Paul Bedard for his Washington Secrets column explained that “a sizable” 58% of likely voters believe the media are “truly the enemy of the people.”

“Some 46% disagreed, but the highest number (34%) said that they ‘strongly agree’ with Trump,” Bedard reported.

“President Joe Biden’s election might have made the media feel good, but it’s done very little for the industry’s reputation with news consumers,” he noted.

He explained, “As with similar surveys during the Trump era, Democrats believe the media far more than Republicans. Now, 56% of Democrats ‘trust’ the news they receive versus 58% of Republicans who don’t.”

He explained, however, there was “some agreement on ‘fake news,’ another Trump phrase, being a serious problem. A supermajority of Republicans, 92%, said it is a problem, as did 74% of Democrats. Overall, 83% said it is a big problem.”

Rasmussen found 61% of independents agree with Republicans on the “enemy of the people.”

Rasmussen’s report said the survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on July 7-8, 2021. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.