College Students Think Trump is Less Honest Than the Media

A new poll shows that US college students believe President Trump to be less honest than the media. Whatsgoodly recently surveyed 2,200 US college students on “Who [they thought] tells more lies or exaggerations of the truth?” 49.6% of respondents chose Trump as the more dishonest source compared with 39.2% who chose the media (11.2% were unsure).

Looking closer at the results, men were about split between Trump and the media.

Women, on the other hand, were much more likely to have a higher distrust of the president. 

These results contrast with a recent poll by Fox where the respondents believed Trump as more likely to tell the truth than the media. However, both the wording of the question and the age range of the respondents vary between the two polls.

The controversy between President Trump and the media has reached an unprecedented level in recent history. While previous presidents have had their arguments with the media, never before has the media been called “an enemy of the American people” by the commander-in-chief. Many journalists, anchors, and congressmen (of both parties) have criticized the statements of President Trump with some even drawing parallels between his attack on the media and how dictatorships begin. However, Trump has maintained that the bias of the media has led to fake news and draws support from many


Results for this Whatsgoodly poll were collected between February 8th, 2017, and February 20, 2017 from 2,200 US college student respondents aged 18–24. Respondents verified their university through school email and location. Whatsgoodly weights its samples by gender and region. Demographic weighting targets are based on the “2015 Annual Estimates of the Resident Population” US Census Bureau Report for the aged 18–24 years US population. For results based on the total sample of US college students, the margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.


Whatsgoodly correctly predicted the millennial vote of the 2016 election within 0.3% based on exit polls conducted by Edison Research.

Thomas Harrison

Thomas is a member of the Whatsgoodly team and spends the majority of his time deciding where to eat.

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