New poll: 43 percent of Republicans want to give Trump power to shut down media
It’s not just Republicans.
The latest Ipsos poll, while showing a plurality of Republicans approving presidential power to shut down certain news outlets “engaged in bad behavior,” finds support among swaths of Democrats and Independents as well.
And 72 percent of all polled think it should be easier to sue journalists who knowingly publish false information, including 85 percent of self-identified Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats.
In his story on the poll, The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein wrote that the results reflected “the extent to which Trump’s anti-press drumbeat has shaped public opinion about the role the media plays in covering his administration.”
The poll, taken of 1,003 American adults from Aug. 3-6, shows almost a third of respondents (29 percent) agree with the idea that “the news media is the enemy of the American people.” That includes a plurality of Republicans (48 percent). Although 43 percent of Republicans wanted to give Trump the power to shutter “bad” media outlets, that percentage fell to 23 percent when outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post were mentioned.
Looking deeper into the results shows some hope for journalists. Eighty-five percent of all respondents agree that the “Freedom of the press is essential for American democracy” — and two-thirds say reporters should be free of government or business pressure. Fifty-nine percent of all respondents, including a plurality of Republicans, said that they believed news and reporters
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/enemy-people-talk-working