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Most Idahoans say the news media treats President Trump unfairly

Most Idahoans believe President Donald Trump has been treated unfairly by the news media, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.

Our pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds:

  • 59 percent say the Republican president has been treated “unfairly.”

  • 35 percent say he’s been treated “fairly.”

  • And 6 percent don’t know.

Trump, now in this 10th month in office, is clearly a very polarizing figure.

Almost daily he gets into weird spats in uncharacteristic ways – like getting into an argument with the family of a recently-killed U.S. soldier over whether Trump used inappropriate language when he tried to console the dead man’s family.

On the question of whether the news media has been fair or unfair to Trump, once again Democrats see things very differently than Republicans, with political independents split.

Some of the demographic breakouts:

  • Republicans say the news media has been unfair to Trump, 87-8 percent.

  • Democrats say the media has been fair to him, 89-4 percent.

  • While 47 percent of political independents say the media has been fair, and 46 percent say it has been unfair.

In a number of questions about Trump, one sees clear differences between the less educated and the greater educated.

  • Among those who have only a high school degree, 67 percent say the media has been unfair to Trump, while only 26 percent say it has been fair.

  • Among those who have a college higher graduate degree, like a Master’s, Ph.D., legal or medical degree, 60 percent say the news media has been fair to Trump, while 30 percent it has been unfair.

While Trump rarely goes to church – he often plays golf on Sundays at one of his resorts – 71 percent of those who say they are Christians believe the media has been unfair to him, while only 23 percent say it has been unfair to him.

Among those who say they have no religion, 60 percent say the media have been fair to him, while 30 percent say it has been unfair.

Jones polled 604 adults from Aug. 23-30. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.