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Poll: Majority Thinks Media Is Too Harsh On Trump

| by Jordan Smith

The media is being too hostile towards President Donald Trump, according to a new poll.

A majority of respondents -- 57 percent -- in a Zogby Analytics poll conducted between June 14 and 16 said they thought press coverage of Trump is too negative, according to the Washington Examiner.

The polling firm reported that 44 percent disagreed. Taken together, these two figures add up to more than 100 percent, meaning at least one of the results must have been reported incorrectly.

Several sub-groups agreed that media coverage was too harsh; 55 percent of women and 51 percent of African Americans agreed that the coverage was too negative, compared to 45 percent and 49 percent who did not, respectively.

Voters aged from 18 to 29 disagreed, with 56 percent saying they thought the coverage was not too negative, compared to 44 percent who thought it was.

There is also a sharp partisan divide in the poll, as only 32 percent of Democrats say the coverage of Trump is too negative, while an overwhelming 87 percent of Republicans say the same. Independents were more evenly split, with 54 percent saying Trump coverage is too negative and 46 percent saying it is not.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey found that 91 percent of Republicans and 93 percent of Trump supporters do not trust the media, The Hill reported.

The Zogby poll was released a day after President Trump took aim at what he described as dishonest media reporting of a July 7 meeting he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

"The fake news is becoming more and more dishonest!" Trump wrote on Twitter, according to Politico. "Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister."

The Associated Press and The New York Times, as well as other media outlets, reported on July 18 that Trump had a second July 7 meeting with Putin. The White House had not disclosed this prior to the media story. The AP noted that it was unclear how long Trump and Putin spoke during their second conversation.

The White House confirmed that Trump spoke with Putin during the leaders' dinner. The Russian president was seated next to First Lady Melania Trump for the meal.

Alexey Pushkov, chairman of information policy in the upper house of Russia's parliament, agreed with Trump's take on the media coverage of the conversation.

"Now in the U.S. they are making a scandal about Trump and Putin's fake 'secret dinner.' Asking to give details of a secret conversation that didn't take place. They are sick," Pushkov tweeted, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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