While Democrats are quite happy with the media coverage of the CCP Virus, or coronavirus, Republicans see the ongoing coverage as just a tool to attack President Donald Trump, the latest Rasmussen Reports survey found.
According to the survey, 65% of Likely Republican Voters think most reporters are trying to hurt the president politically when they write or talk about President Donald Trump’s handling of the CCP Virus pandemic.
Meanwhile, 72% of Likely Democratic Voters believe most reporters are trying to report news in an unbiased fashion, and voters not affiliated with either major party are almost evenly divided.
The majority of Democrats (66%) rate the media coverage of the CCP Virus crisis as good or excellent, compared to 48% of Republican voters and 43% of unaffiliated.
Sixty-three percent of Republicans trust President Trump more than the average member of Congress and the average reporter when it comes to the current CCP Virus crisis. Among Democrats, 46% trust the average reporter more, while 24% have the most confidence in the average congressional representative. Unaffiliated voters give President Trump a slight edge over the average reporter, but nearly one-third of these voters are undecided.
The survey, conducted from April 12 to 13, found that 53% of all likely voters gave positive marks to the media coverage and 24% rate it as poor. While 49% think most reporters are trying to report the virus news in an unbiased fashion, 43% say most are trying to hurt President Trump politically instead.
Among all voters, 35% trust the president more than the average member of Congress and the average reporter when it comes to the current coronavirus crisis. Just 17% put their faith in the average congressman, while 30% trust the average reporter more. Eighteen percent are undecided.
With partisan politics influencing most everything in the Trump era, most Democrats are even unwilling to take a potentially lifesaving drug to combat coronavirus because the president endorsed it.
The older the voter, the more likely they are to approve of the media coverage and the more confidence they have that the average reporter is reporting the news in an unbiased manner.
Republicans have been skeptical of the coronavirus threat from the start, consistently supporting the government’s response, but viewing Democrats and the media as alarmists trying to hurt the president politically.
A separate survey conducted on April 8-9 shows that 42% of Americans would feel safer if Hillary Clinton, a frequent critic of President Trump’s coronavirus actions, was the president dealing with the current crisis, while 47% would not feel safer with her at the helm.
The voters said that the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden would do just as good a job as President Trump.