NPR Poll: Trust in Media, Congress Down; Civility on the Decline

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NPR Poll: Trust in Media, Congress Down; Civility on the Decline

A new poll shows that more Americans trust CNN than they do President Donald Trump.

In a dig against its own relevance, the Marist/NPR poll found Americans on both sides of the political spectrum have little trust in opinion polling.

Similarly, a 60 percent majority say that they trust USA courts while 37 percent said that they do not.

According to The Washington Post, the poll, which was released this Tuesday, reveals that fifty percent of the questioned adults trust CNN, while just 43 percent trust president Donald Trump more.

Hey, snowflake, did you know a large majority of Americans think politics has become less civil in the Trump era, according to a new poll? Sad!


The results reflect the increasingly divided political landscape in the US, backed up by a Pew poll past year that found greater political differences among Americans today than at any point in the last two decades. When Marist conducted a similar poll in 2011, 42 percent of respondents could not name the year the USA broke away from Great Britain. Fully 90 percent of such American adults said they trusted the Trump White House either "a great deal" or "a good amount". Meanwhile fifteen percent were "unsure" and eight percent named another country.

Six in 10 Americans trust the intelligence community, though the numbers are higher among Democrats than Republicans, at 72 percent and 59 percent, respectively. In addition, 33 percent of Republicans said they only received their news from Fox. The figure is a small decrease from the 2013 figure, when 46 percent of Americans thought their countrymen and countrywomen were becoming less patriotic. Seventeen percent say America has gone too far in expanding that right compared to 26 percent who say it's being restricted too much.

While respondents who identified as Democrats were most likely to say that the divide has grown since Trump's election - at 81 percent - the sentiment was strong across party lines.

While 77 percent of the people surveyed correctly named Great Britain when asked which country the United States won its independence from, 23 percent - almost a quarter of the population - named the wrong country or weren't sure, a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found.

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