Public Trusts Congress, Media Even Less than Trump

Posted July 06, 2017

A new SurveyMonkey poll shows shocking data that reveals President Donald Trump's Republican supporters are living in a totally different reality than everyday Americans.

These numbers from the new poll are comparable to other polling done on Americans' trust in institutions. In the latest poll, 57 percent of Democrats said that an American can criticize the president to a non-American with no dent to their patriotic credentials. A full 82 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Independents correctly identified Great Britain, while 72 percent of Democrats got the answer right, according to the data. But the poll, conducted by Survey Monkey and published by Axios, also illustrates the stark political divide in the U.S.

An NPR/Marist College poll released Monday was more promising for the president, with 37 percent of Americans saying they had faith in the Trump administration compared to 30 percent for the media.

Among all adults, respondents also said The Washington Post and The New York Times were more trustworthy than Trump by 9 points, as were ABC/CBS/NBC, which came out 11 points ahead of the president. Three percent are unsure.

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Seven in 10 Americans say the level of civility in Washington has gotten worse since President Trump was elected, while just 6 percent say the overall tone has improved. Almost two-thirds, 65 percent, of Republicans said they think partisan strain has gotten worse, and 70 percent of independents said the same. The NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll also finds most people don't trust public opinion polls. Thirty-four percent called them "mean", while 26 percent thought they were "entertaining". Among Democrats, the results are even more one-sided ― 91 percent give CNN the trustworthiness nod, with just 5 percent choosing Trump.

There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

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