More than two-fifths of US Republicans believe the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behaviour, according to an Ipsos/Daily Beast poll.
And half of Republicans agree with the statement that the news media is the ‘enemy of the American people’, (alarmingly, one-quarter of independents and 12% of Democrats though so too).
In addition, a huge 79% of Republicans believe the mainstream media treats President Trump unfairly.
However, 57% of respondents say the media is necessary to keep the Trump administration honest. Plus 85% think ‘freedom of the press is essential for American democracy’ while just 4% oppose that statement.