Americans favor President Trump over mainstream media in three polls

President Donald Trump poses for a photo with students of Saint Andrew Catholic School on Friday, March 3, 2017, during a tour of the school in Orlando, Florida. Also shown is U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Love it or hate it, the fact is President Donald Trump is more popular than the mainstream media, according to three different polls.

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A new Suffolk University poll reveals 50 percent of their respondents have a bad opinion of the media. Donald Trump has a 47 percent unfavorable rate. Only 37 percent have a favorable impression of the media, while Trump has a 45 percent favorable response.

The latest IBD/TPP poll said 54 percent of Americans agree with Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon’s statement that the media are the “opposition party.” Over 55 percent say they are now “weary from the media’s persistently negative coverage of President Trump.”

Liberals are favorable in their news media opinion by 72 percent according the first poll. Conservatives have an unfavorable opinion of the media by 73 percent. Over 34 percent of Americans agree that “journalists and the media are the enemy of the American people.”

A major media study shows that  88 percent of the media’s coverage of Trump has been “hostile.”

Mainstream coverage (Nov. 2016)

Recent evidence supports the idea that the true middle of the American political spectrum is actually more right than what many in the media perceive. An early indicator was the now famous point during the third 2015 Republican presidential debate when Texas Senator Ted Cruz received a thundering ovation challenging the media.

“The questions that you’ve asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” the Senator responded to CNBC hosts in Boulder, Colorado. “Look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?”

President Donald Trump shares a laugh with (clockwise from left) Ms.Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Secretary Tom Price, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House. Ms. Verma was sworn in as the Administrator earlier in the afternoon by Vice President Pence. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to “report the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has been an all-time low of 40 percent, according to a Gallup poll. Their circulation numbers show it. Over 42 percent of Independent voters said media bias is too liberal. 71 percent of Republicans agree. 24 percent of Democrats perceive the media as being too conservative.

Americans are searching for the ever-elusive fair and balanced reporting from new sources. Here’s NEW LEGIT’s quick guide to conservative and liberal news media sources in the United States:

Data from Pew Research polls and surveys show that more than 70% of all voters now follow news online with mobile devices, phones or tablets.

One of the most surprising finds from a Pew study is that Fox New’s viewership is moderate in their totals. Contrary to most of the mainstream media’s opinion, many liberals view Fox’s television news programs and websites. Fox News is moderate compared to various talk and analysis broadcasts such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck and Breitbarts.

During the week ending March 19, 2017 Fox News remained the most viewed prime time cable network channel, with 2,543,000 viewers. MSNBC is listed at #4 with 1,775,000 viewers. CNN continues to decline and are now in 11th place with 1,084,000 tuned in during prime time.

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The FOX News audience has become so immense and diverse that it can’t be reduced in importance near the far right end of a chart. This supports the indication that the true middle of the public’s political spectrum is actually more right than what many members of the media perceive. The popularity of a non-establishment victory for Donald Trump in November 2016 verified this model.

Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points (FOX NEWS)

While Pew’s study reveals that the most read media for liberals are the New Yorker and Slate, an analysis including various media, press, television, Media Matters and Pew research shows a summary of where liberals and conservatives get their news.

Moderately liberal audience members view NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX and ABC. Other liberal favorites include NPR, Washington Post, Yahoo!, Google, LA Times, and The New York Times. The Washington Post’s circulation dropped another 6.5%, including print and web media, from 2012 to 2013. More extreme liberals go for MSNBC, Politico, The Daily Beast, BuzzFeed, Mother Jones, and Huffington Post. The far extreme left chooses Salon, Move On, Crooks and Liars, The Democratic Underground, The Onion, Think Progress, The New Republic, Planned Parenthood, Michael Moore, World Socialist, and ACLU.

Conservatives like FOX, The National Review, Atlantic Monthly, New York Post, NewsMax, CNS News and The Hill.   Other conservative favorites include The Washington Times, Washington Inquirer, Breitbart, Town Hall, The Daily Caller and CNN. Farther right readers and viewers favor The Blaze, Washington Examiner, American Thinker, Red State, News Busters, Right Wing News, Free Republic, American Spectator, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, and Catholic Edition. Even farther right wingers go to Ricochet, Conservative News and Views, Washington Free Beacon, Soldier of Fortune, and America’s Survival.

The best middle-of-the road nonpartisan site is Project Vote Smart. They have thousands of conservative and liberal citizens working together researching the records and background of political candidates and elected officials. Numerous hours are spent gathering campaign contributions, voting records, public statements, biographical information and work histories. Project Vote Smart also offers assessments of each politician produced by over 100 contending special interest groups.

Voting Americans, for the most part, are not single-issue supporters. Surveys and research conclude the majority are more center-right than center-left. Most say they are more content and prefer to spend their money the way they want to, rather than have the government distribute and spend it by mandate and politics.

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