It’s really certain what President Trump is doing by pursuing the media. He sees somebody who is extreme on him, with a lower endorsement rating, and he sets up a difference. It resembles making yourself look taller by remaining by a short individual.
“You have a lower endorsement rate than Congress,” he needled columnists finally week’s news gathering, clarifying he had figured it out.
But perhaps it’s not by any stretch of the imagination working.
Another survey from Quinnipiac University recommends that while individuals might be comprehensively miserable with the predominant press, despite everything they believe it’s more sound than Trump. The president frequently blames the press for “fake news,” yet individuals see more “fake news” leaving his own particular mouth.
The survey asked who enrolled voters “trust more to reveal to you reality about imperative issues.” A larger part — 52 percent — picked the media. Only 37 percent picked Trump.
The poll did find that registered voters by a narrow margin think the media has treated Trump unfairly, with 50 percent saying they disapproved of the coverage of Trump and 45 percent approving. But voters are even more critical of Trump’s treatment of the media, with 61 percent disapproving and 35 percent approving.
Even 23 percent of Republicans say Trump is mistreating the media, and independents disapprove 59-35.
The poll was conducted Feb. 16 through 21 — beginning the day Trump jousted with the media at a news conference Thursday and continuing through the weekend. Trump called the media “the enemy of the American people” in a tweet Feb. 17, drawing widespread condemnation from journalists and defenders of the free press. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) even compared Trump’s tactic to what dictators do to undermine it.
A Fox News poll tested a similar question last week — before these developments — and found a more even split, with 45 percent trusting Trump more, to tell the truth, and 42 percent picking reporters who cover the White House.
All of this suggests there are limits to this approach for Trump. But it shouldn’t be too big a surprise. After all, while people broadly like to beat up on “the media,” they often trust specific outlets. Just as people overwhelmingly dislike politicians and Congress, broadly speaking, they generally like their own members of Congress much more.