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Survey: News Media More Trusted Than Trump

But Morning Consult/Politico poll finds president's popularity at highest point of last three months 12/06/2017 9:08 AM Eastern

A plurality of respondents in a new Morning Consult/Politico poll say the news media is more trustworthy than the president, who constantly attacks news organizations.

A majority also found President Donald Trump to be reckless (60%), sexist (54%), and thin-skinned (51%), and a plurality say he is racist (47% versus 39% who say he isn't).

But the poll also found that the president's approval rating is 45%, the highest it has been in three months and up from 42% in the October Morning Consult/Politico poll. In September, it was 43% and in August, it was 39%.

The new online poll was conducted Dec. 1-3 among 1,997 registered voters.

It may be some comfort to journalists and organizations incessantly hammered by the president as "fake" and "enemies of the American people" that, in the new poll, more respondents said they trust the news media (45%) than those who said they trust Trump (35%).

The political divide on that question was stark. Two thirds of Republicans (67%) said they trust Trump over the media, while only 8% of Democrats said so.

A solid majority (58%) said the president either never tells the truth (33%) or only sometimes does (25%).

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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