More registered voters think members of the news media are to blame for political divisions in America than think President Donald Trump is to blame, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll.
Of the 2,543 voters surveyed last week and early this week — amid news about the package bombs and the deadliest anti-Semitic shooting in U.S. history — a majority of voters said the press has done more to divide Americans than Trump has.
Sixty-four percent of respondents said the news media has done more to divide than unite the country since Trump was sworn into office, while 56 percent of voters said the same about President Trump. Republican women cast the most blame on the press, with 83 percent saying media has done more to divide Americans than unite. Democratic men had the most favorable view of the news media, with 44 percent saying the press has done more to divide than unite.
Democratic women were among the most critical of Trump, with 92 percent saying the president has done more to divide than unite the country. Only 21 percent of Republican men surveyed thought Trump has been more divisive than unifying.
The results come amid numerous media personalities have been blaming President Trump for the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed.