From Rasmussen Reports:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters think the media is more interested in creating controversies when it comes to covering President Trump and the new Congress, while nearly as many (46%) believe the press is more interested in helping the public understand the issues. (To see survey question wording, [...]The poll, which requires a subscription to study in detail, finds that Republicans are more likely to "smell a rat" when it comes to the media's agenda. That's understandable, since people on the right have been claiming for years that the media is biased.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 30 and April 2, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
But with all the talk lately about media narratives, it's promising that nearly half the country now seems to recognize the major outlets' true mission -- to drive wedges among Americans and maintain a level of unease and distrust in society, so that more people will turn to their political allies as referees.