POLL: Media More Divisive Than Trump

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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A larger part of the electorate believes the media does more to divide the country than President Donald Trump, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds.

Sixty four percent of voters told Politico/Morning Consult they believe the media has done more to divide the country than unite it, compared with 56 percent of those who responded similarly when discussing Trump. Opinions on divisiveness diverges significantly along party lines with the vast majority of Democrats believing the president is responsible for dividing the country and a slight majority of Republicans believing he has done more to unite it.

US President Donald Trump waves during a campaign rally in Estero, Florida, on October 31, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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The poll has a sampling error of +/- 2 percentage points.

The poll comes as Trump continues to accuse a large group of the U.S. media of playing the most divisive role in American politics. “The left wing media doesn’t want to solve problems, they want to stoke resentment, it has to stop,” he declared Wednesday evening at a Florida rally.

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the 11th annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)


Trump has tweeted multiple times to this effect making a distinction between the media writ large and what he calls “the fake news media.”