Nearly half of Republicans surveyed in a recent poll indicated they believe the president should have the power to shut down news outlets for “bad behavior,” with 44% of GOP respondents expressing that opinion, USA Today reports.
The results of the poll by Ipsos were released Tuesday.
The poll “emphasizes the clear divide between party lines when it comes to the role of the media and its coverage of the Trump administration,” USA Today reports. “Twenty-nine percent, nearly a third, of the more than 1,000 people polled said they believed the news media was the enemy of the American people, a phrase that was coined and popularized by President Donald Trump. That number jumps to 48 percent if you just examine Republicans surveyed.”
The report adds: “While 68 percent of Democrats polled believe that reporters try their best to do honest reporting, only 29 percent of Republicans agreed, the poll shows.”
USA Today notes that only 12% of Democrats said they think the president should have the authority to shutter news outlets.