More Americans trust CNN than Trump

Jim Bourg  Reuters

The poll was taken just before CNN was forced to retract a story on Russian ties to Trump, and before Trump went on a tweetstorm against the network that culminated in a doctored WWE video from a decade ago showing Trump taking down CNN.

CNN isn't the only news outlet which is trusted more than the president, since the same happened when respondents were asked to choose between him or Washington Post/New York Times or ABC/CBS/NBC.

Among respondents who identified themselves as "strong Republicans", the administration still holds a position of trust not seen in any segment of American society for the media.

Trust, however, is largely split among partisan lines with 89 percent of Republicans favoring the United States president and 91 percent of Democrats viewing the CNN news outlet as more trustworthy.

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But 68 percent of Americans don't trust Congress or the media in separate responses. In a similar survey in 2013, over half (52 percent) of Republicans thought criticizing the president to foreigners was compatible with patriotism and only a third (34 percent) disagreed.

Among independents, CNN still got the higher trust rating of 55 percent against Trump's 40 percent. Forty-one percent trusted him not at all with an additional 20 percent trusting him not very much. There are also ongoing concerns about voter suppression and gerrymandering of districts to give one party a better chance at winning legislative and Congressional seats over another. Fifty-two percent say things are OK in that department.

According to Axios, SurveyMonkey pollster Jon Cohen believes the contentious nature of the feud between Trump and the media has helped turned this poll question into just another partisan issue. Twenty percent say it's stayed the same.

The poll, conducted between last Thursday and Monday, showed that 50 percent of American adults trust CNN more than Trump, with 43 percent favoring the president. Among those polled, 33 percent labeled themselves as Democrat compared to 28 percent Republican and 38 percent independent.

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