Wave 8 of Non-College White Surveys: A Brief History Lesson Helps Soften GOP Defenders of Trump's Attacks on the Media

Our Wave 8 survey in 15 key states asked non-college whites if they agreed that President Trump’s criticism of the mainstream media is inappropriate. While Republicans overall rejected both our Moral Foundations Fairness and Authority arguments, they were much more likely to agree with the latter. This simple reminder was persuasive: Our Founding Fathers included Freedom of the Press in the Bill of Rights and for more than two centuries journalists helped strengthen America with tough questions of our elected officials. 

 

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