Poll: Americans Tired of Constant Negative Media Coverage of Trump

March 8, 2017 Updated: March 8, 2017

A new poll show that the public isn’t buying the constant negative media coverage of President Donald Trump—with one recent poll finding that Americans trust Trump more than the media itself.

The polls suggest that the media’s gambit of concordant opposition to Trump appears to be backfiring.

A poll from IBD/TIPP found that 55 percent of Americans surveyed have expressed a weariness “from the media’s persistently negative coverage of President Trump.”

About 54 percent said they also believe the media “has assumed the role of the opposition party, constantly opposing the president and his policies at every turn,” seemingly consistent with Trump’s proclamation that the “fake news” media are “enemies of the American people.”

Eighty-eight percent of Republicans say they’re weary of the constant negativity, while 55 percent of independents feel the same.

The IBD/TIPP poll was conducted from Feb. 4 to March 4, surveying 909 people with a 3.3 percent margin of error.

Nonpartisan group Media Tenor discovered that just 3 percent of network news stories were positive in their reporting on Trump’s first month in office. The right-leaning Media Research Center (MRC) surveyed NBC, ABC, and CBS nightly news coverage, finding 674 negative statements about Trump, as compared with only 88 positive statements about the president.

A poll from Suffolk University released March 7 found that 45 percent of Americans trust Trump, while only 37 percent trust the media. Last month, a Fox News poll made a similar finding: only 42 percent trusted the media and 45 percent trusted the Trump administration.