[Ed. – Frankly, I don’t put a lot of stock in opinion polls these days. But it does occur to me to wonder if this one would be even more favorable to Trump if we could be sure it wasn’t skewed, as so many recent polls have been, to Democratic base demographics. The 39% trust level in the media seems suspiciously high. That said, my sense is that the 49% for Trump may reflect reality reasonably well. Even among people who generally think his policies are good, there’s a visceral revulsion in many against his persona and style.]
An Emerson College poll found that 49 percent of U.S. voters believe that the Trump administration is “truthful,” while only 39 percent feel that way about the news media. Worse, for the so-called “opposition party,” 53 percent of those surveyed described the media as “untruthful.”
The poll, released on Tuesday, also showed that Americans are divided on Trump’s performance so far — 48 percent of registered voters approve of the job that Trump is doing, compared to 47 percent who disapprove.
It a statistic that should not come as a surprise, the poll notes that 89 percent of Republicans approve of Trump, while 81 percent of Democrats disapprove. According to the poll, Trump’s “failure to pass the 50 percent threshold” for approval is because of his standing among independents, a group in which 52 percent disapprove.