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Poll: Most Fox News Viewers Say Media Is Enemy Of U.S.

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump has said that the media is the enemy of the American people and most Fox News viewers agree.

Trump tweeted on Feb. 17: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing [nytimes], [NBCNews], [ABC], [CBS], [CNN]) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"

In a poll released on March 7, Suffolk University asked: "President Trump has said journalists and the media are the enemy of the American people. Do you agree or disagree?" according to The Washington Post.

Most Americans disagreed with Trump by almost 59 percent to 34 percent, the poll found.

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However, when broken down by news-watching preference, two-thirds of Fox News viewers agreed with the president, notes The Post.

The newspaper concluded that the Fox News viewers' beliefs about the media are not about media criticism, but rather partisanship; in other words, Fox News viewers support Trump and Fox News because the news channel is on Trump's side.

A Fox News poll released on Feb. 17 found that voters were almost evenly spilt as to whether or not to trust the media or the president "to tell the public the truth" more.

The survey found that 45 percent trusted the Trump administration, while 42 percent trusted the media who cover the Trump White House; 10 percent said neither.

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A majority 55 percent wanted the press to "cover the president aggressively," but 38 percent wanted journalists to give Trump the "benefit of the doubt."

When broken down by party, 81 percent of Republicans said they trust the Trump administration to tell the truth more, while 79 percent of Democrats trusted the media. Fifty-two percent of independents trust Trump more than the media, while 26 percent trust the media more.

The New Yorker noted in February that several studies throughout the years confirm people have "confirmation bias," or "myside bias," in which they refuse to believe factual information that does not line up with their predisposed views, but do accept false information that does agree with their views.

Cognitive scientists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber suggest that if a mouse used the same reasoning that humans do, then the mouse would be "bent on confirming its belief that there are no cats around," and would literally put its own life in danger. Mercier and Sperber also noted that, unlike the mouse, humans somehow survive despite their dismissal of real evidence of new or underappreciated threats.

Sources: Donald Trump/TwitterSuffolk UniversityThe Washington Post, Fox News, The New Yorker / Photo Credit: Steve Bott/Flickr

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