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Gallup: 3x More Say Media ‘Too Tough’ on Trump Than Obama

By Michael Morris | February 9, 2017 | 3:43pm EST
Michelle Obama (left), Melania Trump (center-left), President Donald Trump (center-right) and President Barack Obama (right) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A recent Gallup survey shows many Americans are keenly aware of the media’s bias against President Trump and his administration, as three times (25%) more U.S. adults say the media are “too tough” on Trump and his administration than said the same of President Obama and his administration back in 2009.

According to Gallup, “over a third of Americans (36%) think the media has been too tough on Trump, while just under a third (31%) think it has been about right and 28% say it has not been tough enough.”

“The public's mood, according to this late January poll, differs from that in January 2009, when only 11% of Americans thought the news media had been too tough on newly elected President Barack Obama,” notes Gallup. “Nearly half (48%) thought the media was about right in its coverage of Obama and his administration, while 38% said it was not tough enough.”

The Jan 30-31 Gallup survey denotes that three in four (74%) of Republicans say the media are “too tough” on Trump, compared with eight years ago when three percent (3%) said the same about Obama and his administration. A mere six percent of Republicans say the media are “not tough enough” on Trump, while 65 percent said the media were “not tough enough” on Obama back in 2009.

31 percent of Republicans say the media’s coverage of Trump is “about right” today, compared to the media’s coverage of Obama when Republicans felt nearly the same (27%).

Only nine percent (9%) of Democrats agree with the majority of Republicans that the media are “too tough” on Trump and his administration, while the remaining majority of Democrats split over how the media is handling the new administration. 49 percent say the media are “not tough enough,” and 40 percent say the media’s coverage of the Trump administration is “about right.”

In 2009, 66 percent of Democrats said Obama and his administration’s treatment by the media was “about right,” with only 18 percent who said the media was “too tough” and an even smaller number (13%) who said the media were “not tough enough.”

Unlike Democrats, however, more Independents (37%) say the media are “too tough” on Trump than say the media are “not tough enough” (26%). Slightly under one third (31%) of Independents believe the media are “about right” in their coverage of Trump.

How Independents say they feel today is also far different from in 2009 when only 10 percent said the media were “too tough” on Obama. The majority of Independents were divided, with 43 percent who said the media were “not tough enough” and 45 percent who said the media were “about right” on their coverage of Obama.  

Americans as a whole appear split on how the media is covering President Trump and his administration just weeks after his inauguration, with more U.S. adults saying the media are “too tough” in their coverage. This, however, is in stark contrast to what U.S. adults said about the media’s coverage of Obama and his administration shortly after his inauguration in 2009 when nearly a majority said the media’s coverage was “about right.”

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