Many Americans say the press has treated Trump unfairly

Jamie BallardData Journalist
June 23, 2020, 2:00 PM GMT+0

President Donald Trump has said on more than one occasion that he thinks he has been treated unfairly by the press. The latest Economist/YouGov poll finds that many Americans agree.

More than four in 10 (44%) Americans believe that the national press has treated Trump unfairly. Another 32 percent say he’s been treated fairly, and 23 percent say there has been an equal mix of fair and unfair coverage.

Republicans (77%) are far more likely than Independents (45%) and Democrats (16%) to say that the national media’s treatment of Trump has been unfair.

Viewers of different cable news networks also have differing opinions on how Trump is treated by the national press.

Among those who say they watch Fox News the most, 52 percent say the national press’ treatment of the president is very unfair. Another 17 percent say the treatment has been more unfair than fair.

Those who watch MSNBC and CNN see it differently. Over half (56%) of those who watch MSNBC the most say the national press has treated Trump fairly while 50 percent of CNN viewers agree.

Additional data from The Economist and YouGov finds that just over half (54%) of Americans disapprove of how Trump has handled the media. Fewer (38%) say they approve of how Trump has handled the media during his time in office.

See the toplines and crosstabs from this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll

Methodology: Total unweighted sample size for this survey was 1,500 US adults, including 350 who say they watch Fox News the most; 274 who say they watch CNN the most; and 147 who say they watch MSNBC the most, when asked “Which cable news network do you watch the most?” This survey was conducted online June 14 - 16, 2020.

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