A new poll shows that one-third of Americans view the news media as the “enemy of the people,” an insult frequently used by President Donald Trump.
The poll published Tuesday by Hill-Harris X showed that 51% of Republicans viewed the news media as the “enemy of the people,” with 14% of Democrats, and 35% of Independents feeling the same way. Despite this, 67% of respondents said that the “news media is an important part of a democracy.”
The Hill noted the divide on how different parts of the country view the media, with 46% of rural Americans viewing the media as the “enemy of the people” and 54% saying they are “an important part of democracy.”
The poll was conducted from June 29-30, and surveyed 1,000 registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of roughly 3.1%. (RELATED: Acosta Issues Warning To ‘Conservative Media’)
Trump has frequently clashed with the media, repeatedly deriding certain media outlets as “fake news,” and “the enemy of the people.”
In turn many media outlets have mostly covered Trump from a negative viewpoint. 92% of media coverage of the president was negative in the month of May, according to a study released by the Media Research Center. That report was in line with previous studies which has also shown the media’s coverage of Trump to be overwhelmingly negative.