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46% think media make up stories about Trump

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Melinda Barton | 18 October, 2017, 21:44

Almost half of voters believe the news media fabricates stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new Politico and Morning Consult poll.

Seventy-six percent of Republicans think the media fabricate stories about Trump and his administration.

Though the president is a documented serial liar, a relatively large portion of the USA electorate-and an even higher proportion of his Republican base-think the media is publishing made-up stories about President Donald Trump.

On taxes overall, 37 percent say they think their family would be "about the same" if the tax proposal passes, while 31 percent say they'd be "worse off" and another 24 percent say they'd be "better off".

Yet despite Trump's constant rhetorical assault on the media, trust in some news organizations has risen during the president's time in office.

Additionally, 80 percent of Trump voters believe that to be true. Another 38 percent say they'd be larger, and just 22 percent believe their taxes would get smaller.

What would President Ford think of Trump, Eminem? But 20% of Democrats and 44% of self-described independents do, too.

NBC reported that Trump said at a Pentagon meeting that he wanted to nuclear weapons cache increased by 'ten-fold'.

Last week, Trump made his most potent threat, by suggesting that NBC's license be yanked, after the news network produced yet another unflattering story about the president.

Still, just 28 percent of voters believe the government should be able to take away the broadcast licenses of news organizations. Fifty-one percent think the government should not have that power and 21 percent are undecided.

The poll was conducted via landline and cell phone from October 12-15 among 1,010 respondents with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.