Americans Say Civility Has Worsened Under Trump; Trust In Institutions Down

Posted July 06, 2017

Fourth of July heralds fireworks, hot dogs and overt displays of American patriotism but a new poll suggests that Americans not only doubt the loyalty of their compatriots but also that increasing numbers of Republicans are convinced that criticizing President Donald Trump to foreigners is incompatible with flag-waving, tub-thumping national pride.

The survey also found that a majority of Americans have trust in the intelligence community and the judicial system, but far fewer hold trust in a wide array of other institutions. Finally, thins are completely different among Democrats, with 91 percent of them trusting the news network.

According to reports from United States media, out of those who voted, 50 per cent said that they trusted CNN while 43 per cent said they trusted Donald Trump. A full 82 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Independents correctly identified Great Britain, while 72 percent of Democrats got the answer right, according to the data.

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"You are fake news!". The poll reported that 89 percent of Republicans in the survey trust Trump over CNN, with only 9 percent favoring media outlet.

Uncle Sam conducts an unofficial straw poll outside Des Moines, IA on January 31, 2016. Three percent are unsure.

Also, 61 percent of respondents said they don't trust polls. The same figure among all Republicans was a still impressive 84 percent. Thirty percent said they trust the media while 68 percent said they don't have trust. Thirty-four percent called them "mean", while 26 percent thought they were "entertaining".

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A poll done by Gallup in June 2016 found confidence in American institutions such as Congress, big business, newspapers, television news, and the criminal justice system all in the teens and single digits. Nearly nine in 10 Republicans say they trust Trump more than CNN, whereas 91 percent of Democrats say they trust the cable news channel more than the president.

Among political independents, 55 percent said CNN is more trustworthy while 40 percent put more stock in the president than the news network.

The poll surveyed 4,965 adults online and has an error margin of +/- 2.5 percentage points for its results for all American adults.

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