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Poll: Americans trust the White House more than the national media

According to a Morning Consult survey, more Americans trust President Donald Trump’s administration than they do the mainstream media. The new poll came out on the same day CNN President Jeff Zucker said “journalism is threatened” by the Trump White House. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

With most Americans finding the national media “out of touch,” it’s no surprise voters trust President Donald Trump’s administration more than the press corps.

Thirty-seven percent of Americans trust the White House over the 29 percent who say they trust the national political media, according to a new survey from Morning Consult. Thirty-four percent of respondents said they don't know.

In total, 51 percent said the national media “is out of touch with everyday Americans,” while 28 percent said journalists “understand the issues everyday Americans are facing.” And nearly half of respondents (48 percent) said the media has been harder on Trump than other past presidential administrations.

When broken down by party, 72 percent of Republicans said they trust the White House more, while only 10 percent said they trust the media more.

Interestingly, 34 percent of Democrats said they didn't know who they trusted more.

The Morning Consult survey was released the same day CNN President Jeff Zucker said “journalism is threatened” by the Trump administration.

“Journalism is threatened by senior officials in our own government,” he said during an awards gala Thursday for the Overseas Press Club of America.

And in January, Zucker said Trump was trying to delegitimize journalism after the president accused CNN of being “fake news.” Then in February, Trump took to Twitter to claim “the VERY FAKE news,” which he said included CNN, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and CBS, “is the enemy of the American People!”

The Morning Consult poll was conducted  April 25-26 and comprised of 2,006 respondents, who answered questions through online interviews. The survey has a margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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