REPORT: Poll Reveals Percentage of Republicans That Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media

BY TRACY MATHESON / AUGUST 7, 2018 /

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Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to The Daily Beast.

The findings present a sobering picture for the fourth estate, with respondents showing diminished trust in the media and increased support for punitive measures against its members. They also illustrate the extent to which Trump’s anti-press drumbeat has shaped public opinion about the role the media plays in covering his administration.

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All told, 43 percent of self-identified Republicans said that they believed “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Only 36 percent disagreed with that statement. When asked if Trump should close down specific outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, nearly a quarter of Republicans (23 percent) agreed and 49 percent disagreed.

Republicans were far more likely to take a negative view of the media. Forty-eight percent of them said they believed “the news media is the enemy of the American people” (just 28 percent disagreed) while nearly four out of every five (79 percent) said that they believed “the mainstream media treats President Trump unfairly.”

But swaths of self-identified Democrats and Independents supported anti-press positions as well. According to the survey, 12 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Independents agreed that “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior” (74 percent and 55 percent, respectively, disagreed). Additionally, 12 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Independents agreed that “the news media is the enemy of the American people” (74 percent and 50 percent, respectively, disagreed)

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5 Comments

  1. ZS August 7th, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Agree with the poll. This
    will probably happen before anything gets done on immigration!

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  2. Dean August 7th, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    When you are the Media and you lie you shut down freedom of speech yourself.

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  3. Kelly Stuard-Will August 7th, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Don’t shut ’em down. FINE them back to the stone age every time they lie, jump to the wrong conclusion or ignore important facts. 100 K for each instance and each time a fake story is picked up by another outlet. It’ll add up fast, and they’ll think twice after the first few million.

    Then, we can actually enforce laws on sedition that are already on the books every time some one talks revolution or violence in the name of social justice. No need to pull an outlet, just make them accountable for every false story.

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  4. Ang August 8th, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Fine these networks for every twisted, fabricated lie they tell the public. There is never any proof of their story telling. They will be bankrupt if they are held accountable.

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  5. Donna eaker August 8th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Fine them

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