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Washington, D.C. – An overwhelming number of Americans likely to vote in the November 2022 election said they were troubled to one degree or another by the problem of “fake news,” a survey released Friday said, likely prompting them to view the information they are getting from traditional media outlets with a degree of distrust.

The poll conducted by the firm Rasmussen Reports found a vast majority of the 1,000 likely voters questioned – 83 percent – called “fake news” was a serious problem. A clear majority – 55 percent – defined it as “very serious.”

“Only 37 percent of voters say they trust the political news they’re getting, while 43 percent say they don’t trust political news,” the polling firm reported, calling it a “slight improvement” since April 2021 when a similar survey found only 33 percent of respondents said they “trusted political news.” That same poll had 54 percent of those participating saying they thought “most reporters, when they write or talk about President Joe Biden, are trying to help the president pass his agenda.”

Distrust of media, the poll showed, is widespread across all demographic categories, with 54 percent of whites, 56 percent of black voters, and 60 percent described as “other minorities” believing “fake news” is a “very serious problem in the media.”

Alarming as those numbers might be, even more shocking – but perhaps not unsurprising – is the number of respondents in agreement with the characterization of the media as “truly the enemy of the people,” an accusation made by former President Donald J. Trump that was widely criticized even by some journalists who are not considered members of the media elite.

The Rasmussen Reports survey found a majority of those surveyed – 58 percent — saying they agreed “at least somewhat” with Trump’s description including 56 percent of whites, 63 percent of blacks, and 60 percent of other minorities considered likely to vote in the next election.

“As might be expected, Republicans are more likely to agree with Trump’s description,” the firm said of its findings while cautioning that “37 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party also at least somewhat agree.” 

The poll finds members of the GOP also more likely to identify “fake news” as a problem but, incredibly, 74 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of unaffiliated voters also thought it was “at least a somewhat serious problem in the media.”

The numbers concerning Democrats and independents are surprising considering that, as Rasmussen Reports found, it’s President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters who “have more trust” in the media than those who are not satisfied with the direction his presidency is taking. 

“Among voters who strongly approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 72 percent trust the political news they’re getting,” Rasmussen Reports said. “By contrast, among voters who strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance, 74 percent don’t trust the political news they’re getting.” 

Peter Roff can be reached by email at [email protected] and is on Twitter @PeterRoff.

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Peter Roff is affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations and is a former U.S. News and World Report contributing editor who appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. He can be reached by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

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Rodger Shull
Rodger Shull
4 months ago

Well you can mark me down for NOT TRUSTING the LYING media and the NOW VERY DISHONEST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. But when it come to voting, I DO NOT VOTE party lines, I vote for who I think is the best person for the job, which with the political weather being extremely volitional, I vote RED

Alfie
Alfie
4 months ago
Reply to  Rodger Shull

Vote for ANY CATHOLIC and you do not vote for AMERICA. R and D are meaningless now. A third of all elected are TRAITORS to the USA…AOC is a CATHOLIC “C” traitor! Biden is a CATHOLIC traitor. Pelosi is a CATHOLIC traitor. Cuomo is a CATHOLIC traitor. Newsom is a CATHOLIC traitor. No CATHOLIC is an American. They have their allegiance with the bi-babble, which is not compatible with the Constitution. They have their allegiance with the poopie not the president of the USA. They have their allegiance with the VATICAN which is a NATION at perpetual undeclared war with all nations.

Madeleine
Madeleine
4 months ago
Reply to  Alfie

Correction, they may have been Christian Catholic but they became money prostitutes. Nothing in Pelosi’s behaviour or Biden’s shows any obedience to Gods 10 Commandments. They worship Baal. As do many atheist’s, Jewish people (in name only)Satan infiltrated the Church, Government, and all other fields of influence Only a small percentage are genuine Jews, the Rothchild’s, Rockefellers and many others are actually Luciferans who infiltrated all Faiths. Pope included

Alfie
Alfie
4 months ago

News???? Wapo Bezos CATHOLIC TRAITOR Twitter Dorsey, CATHOLIC TRAITOR, MSNBC Gates CATHOLIC TRAITOR. The list goes on….  Biden already left the USA to be consumed by the ILLEGAL ALIEN CATHOLIC INVADERS! Did I mention that Biden is CATHOLIC? Pelosi CATHOLIC. SCOTUS CATHOLIC. The USA is now being invaded by 30 Billion ILLEGAL ALIEN CATHOLIC INVADERS. Once Catholic, forever failed. Americans are being killed by Biden and the CATHOLIC traitors. look at Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, NY and the list goes on. Every one for themselves, because Biden and the CATHOLIC TRAITORS want the defeat of the USA.

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
4 months ago

Now, they, at Fake-news ‘lame’ Stream-media seem to be working hard to become “Public-enemy #1”, in propping-up, that incompetent old fool O’bidet, for ‘O’bumf#€!<' third-term.