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Trump said Fox News was excluded from his ‘fake news trophy’ contest, but voters seem to disagree.
Earlier this week Trump tweeted that he wanted to hand out a “fake news trophy” for what he thinks is “dishonest” and “corrupt” coverage of him by ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN.
Trump said Fox News could not be included in this contest, but it appears that Americans think otherwise.
Rasmussen, a polling firm that Trump repeatedly points to for his most positive polling numbers, found that 40 percent of those polled thought Fox News should be awarded Trump’s “fake news trophy.” CNN came in second place, with 25 percent, followed by MSNBC (9 percent) ABC (4 percent) CBS (3 percent), and NBC (2 percent).
Six percent of those who were polled said the “fake news trophy” should go to some other media outlet, while 11 percent said they were undecided.
Rasmussen found that the votes for the fakest news outlet were pretty evenly split down party lines. Fifty-three percent of Democrats, 24 percent of Republicans, and 42 percent of independents declared Fox News the winner.
Meanwhile, 40 percent of Republicans thought CNN should hoist the fake news trophy, compared to just 13 percent of Democrats and 23 percent of voters who are not affiliated with either major party.
A poll last month by Reuters and Ipsos found that 48 percent of Americans had a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the media, up from 39 percent following Trump’s election.
Similarly, Public Policy Polling found in a poll released this week that Americans trust several major media outlets—such as the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN—more than Trump.
Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 voters on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. The margin of error was 3 percent.
You can read more about Rasmussen’s findings here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).