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In spite of overwhelmingly negative media coverage, Trump’s approval numbers continue to improve

by | May 9, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life President Donald Trump

A couple of days back we posted a well-received story about how a polling service did its very best to explain away the results of its own survey that had shown distinctly better approval numbers for pro-life President Donald Trump.

As Hotair summarized the key finding (which was clearly not what Reuters/Ipsos wanted)

Well, the President’s approval rating rang up at 48% among all Americans and 49/49 with registered voters. That’s within the margin of error in terms of having his head above water and within two points of the Rasmussen numbers that came out Friday. Approval of his handling of the economy came in at 57% and he even managed 44% on the question of how Trump “treats people like me.” The Democrats’ lead on the generic ballot also slipped to 5%. Those are, without a doubt, the best number’s President Trump has seen out of that polling firm in pretty much forever.

Newsbusters picked up on this yesterday under the very accurate headline, “The Media Get Trumped: President’s Polls Improve Despite 90% Negative Coverage.”

Rich Noyes point was simple but devastating:” The liberal media’s war against President Trump was as fierce as ever during the first four months of 2018, but the onslaught appears to be for naught.”

President Trump’s numbers went up even though, “The Media Research Center studied all broadcast evening news coverage of the President from January 1 through April 30, and found 90 percent of the evaluative comments about Trump were negative — precisely the same hostile tone we documented in 2017.”

As an aside but an important one, the Media Establishment periodically bemoans that it gave then-candidate Trump so much attention. Without that, they ruefully conclude, he would not be president.

Whether there is any truth in that self-flattering observation, the networks are as obsessed as ever with the President. Consider: in 2015 and 2016, “coverage of President Obama amounted to just ten percent of all evening news airtime,” Noyes writes.

By comparison, during the first four months of 2018, “roughly one-third of all evening news airtime” was about “President Trump and top members of his administration.”

And, of course, the overwhelming subject matter was “controversies, ”Noyes writes, “virtually all of them (579, or 97%) were negative.”

His conclusion is 100% on the money:

There’s no precedent for a President receiving such a sustained level of negative press over such a long period of time. The fact that the public has become more favorable towards the President in this environment is the latest sign that the media watchdog’s bite isn’t as menacing as their bark suggests.

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