As the mainstream media blames President Trump for the criminal behavior of mentally ill fringe actors, including the anti-Semitic Pittsburgh shooter who disagreed with Trump’s support for the Jewish people, more registered voters think members of the news media are to blame for political divisions in America than think Donald Trump is to blame, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll.
Among the 2,543 voters surveyed last week and early this week, a majority of voters said the news media has done more to divide Americans than Trump has. Sixty-four percent of respondents said the news media has done more to divide than unite the country since Trump entered office, while 56 percent of voters said the same about Trump.
While the stereotype in the mainstream media is that young people are united against Trump, 24 percent of millennials said Trump has done more to unite the country since he took office, while 61 percent said more to divide. The president is more favorable among millennials than the press: just 16 percent of millennials said media has done more to unite the country since Trump took office, while 64 percent said the press has done more to divide.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll found that among the major partisan groups, Republican women had the strongest negative views of the press, with 83 percent saying the media has done more to divide Americans than unite. Democratic men had the most favorable view of the news media, with 44 percent saying the press has done more to divide than unite the country under the Trump era.
Democratic women were highly critical of Trump, with 92 percent saying the president has done more to divide than unite the country, while only 21 percent of Republican men surveyed thought Trump has been more divisive than unifying.