Trump’s White House is already rife with contradictions.
There’s the president’s claim that the “fake news media” is the “enemy of the American people.”
There’s his belief that the Supreme Court is “rigged.”
And there’s the administration’s belief that voter fraud is “a hoax.”
But, as the New York Times reported this week, “the president’s supporters are more inclined than his opponents to see that the other side is more conspiratorial, that there is a conspiracy, that the media is controlled by the Democrats, and that the economy is rigged.”
That echoes Trump’s infamous tweet about the “fraud” of the media, which was later revealed to be false.
The president has already accused the media of trying to “take down” him.
And it appears that his supporters have even more trouble separating reality from conspiracy.
According to a new survey from Public Policy Polling, a Republican-leaning polling organization, the president has a 44 percent favorable rating, a slight bump from the 44 percent that had a positive impression of him in February.
The new survey also found that the president is viewed as less “tough” by voters than other recent presidents.
Fifty-four percent of voters view the president favorably, compared with 58 percent who viewed him unfavorably.
Fifty percent of Republicans viewed the president unfavorately, compared to 46 percent who approved of his job performance.
(The new poll also found the president was viewed more negatively by independents than the previous presidents.)
These findings are likely to fuel further criticism of Trump from his own supporters, who have been caught in an echo chamber of conspiracy theories and misinformation.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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