3 in 4 say tensions between Trump, media hinder access to political news


Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults say tensions between the Trump administration and the news media is getting in the way of access to important news, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday.


The survey found that 94 percent of American adults are aware of the strained relations between President Trump and the press, with 83 percent finding the tension “generally unhealthy” and 73 percent stating the strain is “getting in the way of Americans’ access to important political news.”


A nearly identical number of Democrats (72 percent) and Republicans (73 percent) thought the strained relationship got in the way of access to important news, while 88 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of independents called it unhealthy, compared to 72 percent of Republicans.

Trust in the media reached an all-time low in a Gallup study last year, with just 32 percent of Americans trusting the Fourth Estate, including just 14 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Independents. 
A slight majority of Democrats were found to trust the media, with 51 percent saying they did. 


The Pew survey of 4,151 U.S. adults was conducted March 13–27 via landline and cellphone random-digit-dialing, with a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points. 

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