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Poll: Majority Of Americans Trust Media More Than Trump

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A majority of Americans have more faith in the news media than in President Donald Trump, according to a new poll.

Public Policy Polling found that 54 percent of respondents trust CNN more than Trump, compared to 39 percent who said they trust the president more, The Hill reported.

Both ABC News and NBC News were also trusted more than the current occupant of the White House by the 836 people surveyed. Slightly more than half -- 56 percent -- of respondents said they trusted the networks more, with 38 percent siding with Trump.

The New York Times and Washington Post also attracted majority support from 55 and 53 percent of those polled, respectively. In answer to both questions, 38 percent said they trusted Trump more than the two newspapers.

Trump has regularly attacked the media in public comments and on his Twitter feed, accusing press outlets of spreading "fake news."

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He wrote a series of tweets July 16 criticizing the media over its coverage of the meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian attorney with ties to the Kremlin.

"HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?" Trump tweeted.

"With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!" he added.

Trump Jr. has been accused of meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to obtain damaging information on the Clinton campaign. Multiple investigations are currently in progress into alleged links between the Trump campaign team and the Kremlin.

The president has repeatedly rejected suggestions that his team collaborated with Russia during the 2016 election campaign.

Some Democrats are concerned about the Trump administration's conflict with the media, which has led the White House to hold a growing number of press briefings off camera.

On July 13, Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut proposed a bill, nicknamed the Free Press Act, that would force the Trump administration to hold at least two publicly broadcasted press briefings per week.

"A free and independent press is essential to the survival of a functioning democracy," Himes said, according to Newsweek. "The media's role is to ask the tough questions on behalf of the American public and work to hold our leaders accountable."

On May 12, Trump suggested in a tweet that the White House might go the opposite direction: "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy! ... Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future 'press briefings' and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

Sources: Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2, 3, 4), The Hill, Newsweek (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons (2), Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons

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