President Donald Trump’s poll numbers have been steadily climbing, despite overwhelmingly negative press coverage.
According to a Real Clear Politics average of polls, the president’s approval rating has been slowly ticking upward since mid-December, climbing from 37 percent to nearly 43 percent by late April.
During that same time period, the extremely negative tone of White House media coverage has not changed, according to the Media Research Center.
.@theMRC studies broadcast evening newscast coverage of Trump, finds it a) dominates the programs, and b) is overwhelmingly negative. (Scandal/controversy coverage 97% negative, policy coverage 81% negative.) https://t.co/PpWNtOqGTG
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 8, 2018
MRC evaluated evening news coverage on the three major networks, and found that approximately one-third of the coverage focused on the White House or members of President Trump’s administration. Nearly 40 percent of that time was devoted to alleged scandals.
The Media Research Center studied all broadcast evening news coverage of the President from January 1 through April 30, and found 90 percent of the evaluative comments about Trump were negative — precisely the same hostile tone we documented in 2017.
Throughout 2017, the Media Research Center’s data indicated that press coverage of President Trump from the major networks ABC, CBS, and NBC was 90 percent negative.