Poll: Nearly half of Republicans think Trump should have authority to shutter media outlets

Source: The Hill | August 7, 2018 | Tal Axelrod

Forty-three percent of Republicans think President Trump “should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior,” while only 36 percent disagreed with the statement, according to an Ipsos poll released Tuesday

A large number of Republicans polled also took issue with the media in general, with 48 percent agreeing that the news media is “the enemy of the American people.” Seventy-nine percent said mainstream media outlets treat Trump “unfairly.”

The Daily Beast first reported the poll results.

While Republicans criticized the media in higher numbers than Democrats and independents, 12 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of independents said the president should have the power to close down news operations “engaged in bad behavior.”

Twelve percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents agreed the media is “the enemy of the American people.”


Ipsos surveyed 1,003 American adults online from Aug. 3 to 6. The poll did not have a margin of error, but had a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points.

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     EVERYDAY #24954

    I guess none of these Republicans are constitutional conservatives. Why do we have two parties anyway? Republicans abandoned real conservatism ages ago. Might as well be Democrats.

     ConservativeGranny #24955

    A lot of Americans don’t seem to understand how we keep our Republic free from tyranny. If this trend continues, as it seems to be doing, we’ll be losing this Republic in short order.

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