Poll: Young Americans doubt media’s ability to cover Trump

Most young Americans are concerned about the media’s ability to report on Donald Trump and his efforts to obstruct coverage of his administration, and most think it’s at least somewhat likely he will make it harder for Americans to express dissent.

That’s according to a new GenForward poll of Americans aged 18 to 30, nearly two-thirds of whom say they’re either very (25 percent) or somewhat (38 percent) concerned about Trump trying to impede journalists as they report on his incoming administration.

“I am really concerned that Trump tries to muddy the waters, that his attitude is to try to block the press from doing their job,” said Becky Berenbon, 22, a graduate student who lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan. “I think the media will try to hold him accountable, but he will do what he can to stop them.”

Most young people in the poll said Trump is likely to make dissent and protest more difficult. Twenty-two percent are very confident he will do so, and another 36 percent say they’re somewhat confident. More than 7 in 10 young people say they have little to no confidence that Trump will show respect for people he disagrees with.

“I don’t think he’ll outwardly limit free speech. But I think (the Trump administration) will limit or not acknowledge people’s opinions they disagree with,” said Desiree Batista, 22, a college student from Woodbridge, New Jersey. “There will be a rise in different protest movements, but I don’t know how the administration will view it. And I also think that he thinks all press is good press, even if it’s people smack-talking him.”

GenForward is a survey of young adults by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Read more about this story here.

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