A solid majority of American voters disagrees with president Trump's contention that the media are the enemy of the people, according to a poll released Aug. 14 by Quinnipiac University National Poll.
Sixty-five percent of respondents call the media an important part of democracy, while 26 percent consider the press the enemy of the poll.
Trump's attack on the media has gained some traction among Republican voters as a bare majority (51 percent) consider the press the enemy.
Thirty-six percent of the GOP group says the media are a key part of democracy.
Quinnipiac found that less than half of voters (44 percent) express concern that Trump's anti-media rhetoric could result in violence against media people.
There was a sharp split among Democrats and Republicans on the violence issue (76 percent to 14 percent).
Voters aren't buying into Trump's claim that special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a "witch hunt."
More than half (51 percent) of voters agree that Mueller is conducting a fair investigation into possible coordination between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government.
A third of respondents don’t think Mueller is conducting a fair probe.