43% of Republicans want to give Trump power to shut down media

President Donald Trump on June 19, 2018 (WhiteHouse.gov video screenshot)

President Donald Trump on June 19, 2018 (WhiteHouse.gov video screenshot)

A plurality of Republicans responding to a new poll say they want President Trump to have the power to shut down offending media that “engaged in bad behavior.”

Or as Trump has dubbed them, “fake news.”

The survey by Ipsos found 43 percent of Republicans, 21 percent of independents and 12 percent of Democrats want to give Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets.

The Daily Beast, which was given exclusive access to the polling, said the findings “present a sobering picture for the fourth estate, with respondents showing diminished trust

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