More voters than ever now say that the media is actively trying to block President Donald Trump from passing his agenda, rather than report news in an unbiased manner. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of likely voters believe when most reporters write or talk about the president, they are trying to block him from passing his agenda, up from 44% a year ago and 47% in August.
Just five percent (5%) now think most reporters are trying to help Trump pass his agenda, down from 10% a month into his presidency. Thirty-seven percent (37%) believe they’re just trying to report the news in an unbiased manner.
As has typically been the result, 44% of all voters think the average reporter is more liberal than they are. Just 14% think the average reporter is more conservative, while 28% think they are about the same ideologically.
Another 14% are not sure, roughly unchanged.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major political party feel most reporters are trying to block the president, while 59% of Democrats say most report the news in an unbiased manner. But five percent (5%) or less of voters in all parties believe that most reporters are trying to help the president pass his agenda.
The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 15 & 18, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. See methodology.