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Poll: Voters Trust Trump Administration Over News Media

| by Lauren Briggs

Americans trust President Donald Trump to report accurate information more so than the media, a new poll found.

According to the Emerson College survey, released on Feb. 7, 49 percent of respondents said that they believe the Trump administration to be truthful, while 48 percent said that it is untruthful. Comparatively, only 39 percent said that they believe that mainstream news sources are honest, while 53 percent said that they are not.

These findings are particularly telling regarding the public's distrust for the media, considering that the president's split approval ratings are low for a newcomer; 48 percent of registered voters say that he is doing a good job and 47 percent say the opposite. Nonetheless, he is more favored than news outlets.

Democrats and Republicans are largely split along party lines when it comes to whom they find trustworthy, with 89 percent of GOP voters saying that the White House is truthful and 91 percent of them saying that the media is not truthful. Left-leaning voters largely said the opposite, with 69 percent saying that the media is truthful and 77 percent finding the Trump administration to be untruthful.

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Meanwhile, independents did not find either source to be particularly honest, with 52 percent saying that the Trump administration is untruthful and 47 percent saying the same of the media, while 42 percent and 45 percent said that the reverse is true, respectively.

The information comes as the White House and the media continue to spar over who is accurately reporting facts, while the Trump administration has coined terms such as "fake news" and "alternative facts."

"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election," tweeted the president on Feb. 6. "Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting."

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The poll also found that most of Trump's high-profile nominees, including attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch are favored by the majority of voters, while voters oppose confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos by a 17 percent majority.

Sources: Emerson College Polling, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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