Poll: Most Christian voters critical of fake news sources
March 08, 2017
According to a new poll 54 percent of Christian voters believe President Trump’s claim that some journalists fabricate anonymous sources for stories
(WASHINGTON, DC) A Morning Consult/Politico survey published Wednesday shows that more than half of the registered Christian voters believe its inappropriate for journalists to use anonymous sources in their stories about government business.
The survey conducted between March 2nd-6th asked 1,992 registered voters if they think its “likely” that journalists “make up” anonymous sources included in their articles, to which 44 percent responded in the affirmative, and 56 percent disagreed or said they didn’t know or have an opinion on the matter.
Among Christians, 49 percent said that it was “likley” journalists make up anonymous sources for their stories, with 54 percent of evangelicals specifically holding that view.
By party, 65 percent of Republican and 24 percent of Democratic voters responded they believe the assertion that major news outlets are running fake quotes from quote sources.
As a whole, only 32 percent of Americans responded that they believed it was appropriate to use anonymous sources in stories about government business, with 50 percent against the practice. Interestingly, 41 percent of self-described government employees said it was appropriate, with 37 percent of their peers in disagreement.
President Trump addressed this question during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February.
“They have no sources,” Trump said, “They just make them up when there are none.”
During the speech President Trump inferred that the mainstream media has developed a culture of lying, and said his administration would take action to curtail the use of anonymous sources.
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