The American people have been more aware of fake news following the presidential election as now most of the voters see the problem. A majority of them agree with former President Donald Trump that the media are the enemy of the people.
A new survey by Rasmussen Reports shows that news media are facing a sinking reputation. Accordingly, a sizable 58% of likely voters said they at least agreed somewhat with the statement, “the media are ‘truly the enemy of the people.”
Some 36% disagreed, but 34% said that they “strongly agree” with a phrase coined by Trump.
The survey shows that 56% of Democrats now “trust” the political news they are getting, while 58% of Republicans said they do not.
Notably, independents generally agreed with Republicans on the “enemy of the people” question, at 61%.
Though Democrats believed the news media far more than Republicans, there was some agreement on “fake news.”
As many as 92% of Republican voters said fake news is a serious problem in the media, as did 74% of Democrats. Overall, 83% of voters said it is a big problem.
“Voters overwhelmingly believe ‘fake news’ is a problem, and a majority agree with former President Donald Trump that the media have become ‘the enemy of the people,’” Rasmussen Reports said.
The pollster conducted the national telephone and online survey on July 7-8 with 1,000 likely voters.