Sixty-five percent of Americans believe that the mainstream media frequently contains fake news, according to a Harvard-Harris poll, The Hill reported.
Breaking down that result by party affiliation:
Those who believe mainstream media is full of fake news:
- Republicans: 80 percent.
- Independents: 60 percent.
- Democrats: 53 percent.
A wide majority of those polled, 84 percent, said it was difficult to understand what to believe online.
"Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country … every major institution from the presidency to the courts is now seen as operating in a partisan fashion in one direction or the other," Harvard-Harris poll co-director Mark Penn said, the Hill reports.
President Donald Trump's approval rating is almost split evenly, according to the poll.
- Voters who approve of Trump's job performance: 45 percent.
- Voters who disapprove: 55 percent.
Many voters believe that the president and the media are treating each other unfairly.
- Trump treating press unfairly: 60 percent.
- Press treating Trump unfairly: 48 percent.
At the same time, most voters — 62 percent — believe that if the press publishes information gained through hacking or other illegal means, it should still be protected.
The poll surveyed 2,006 registered voters between May 17 and May 20. Thirty-six percent of those who took the poll were Democrats, 32 percent were Republican, 29 percent were independent, and 3 percent were other.
In other Harvard-Harris poll results, 54 percent of voters said they have seen no evidence that suggests Trump's campaign colluded with Russia.
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