Most Americans have grown "weary" of the news media's negative coverage of President Trump, dubbing it the "opposition party," according to a new national survey.
In the poll, 54 percent said that the media "has assumed the role of the opposition party, constantly opposing the president and his policies at every turn."
And, said the IBD/TIPP poll, 55 percent have grown "weary from the media's persistently negative coverage of President Trump."
Among partisans, even 30 percent of Democrats agreed that the national press has become the "opposition party." Among independents it was 54 percent and with Republicans it was a sky high 84 percent.
Pollster Ron Faucheux said in his daily polling newsletter, "Most Americans accept Trump's argument that the media has become the opposition party. It's overwhelmingly accepted by Republicans and even three-out-of-ten Democrats agree."
The survey analysis cited a study on the negative coverage that has helped to depress Trump's approval rating.
"A study by the nonpartisan group Media Tenor found that only 3 percent of network news stories in the first month of the Trump administration could be described as positive. Of the rest, 43 percent were deemed negative, and 54 percent neutral. That's a stark contrast to the overwhelmingly positive coverage of the early Obama administration, despite the fact that Obama had his own share of early stumbles," said the analysis.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org