Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Most Americans say United States politics is less civil under Trump, poll finds

Most Americans say United States politics is less civil under Trump, poll finds

As Americans prepare to celebrate the country's 241st birthday, they believe the overall tone and level of civility between Democrats and Republicans in the nation's capital has gotten worse since the election of President Trump past year, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds.

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Similarly, a 60 percent majority say that they trust USA courts while 37 percent said that they do not. When Marist conducted a similar poll in 2011, 42 percent of respondents could not name the year the US broke away from Great Britain. Only 35 percent of respondents say they trust public opinion polls compared to 61 percent who don't. During the speech, he said "the fake media is trying to silence us".

The poll also found that by a nine-percentage-point margin, American adults trust the Post and the Times ― lumped together ― more than Trump.

Even as Trump has, at times, attacked the CIA along with the FBI investigation into his campaign aides' possible collusion with Russian Federation during the election, 40 percent of Republicans say they have a good amount of trust in the intelligence community, with 19 percent saying they have a great deal of trust in them. Three percent are unsure.

Six in 10 Americans trust the intelligence community, though the numbers are higher among Democrats than Republicans, at 72 percent and 59 percent, respectively.

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In the poll conducted among 1,205 adults from June 21-25, 20 percent said the overall tone and level of civility in Washington between Republicans and Democrats has stayed the same and 6 percent said it has improved.

When the respondents were asked to describe Trump's tweets, 47 percent said it was not dignified. Two percent said that they were unsure.

More people continue to question the mental health of U.S. President Donald Trump after he tweeted sexist remarks about "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski and the fake CNN wrestling video.

On the other hand, and perhaps predictably, 91 percent of Democrats believe CNN is more trustworthy than Trump.

The online poll of 4,965 adults also puts on stark display just how divided the country is when it comes to who people trust.

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