Just 27% of voters nationwide believe the president should decide which reporters get to attend White House press briefings. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 55% believe the White House Correspondents’ Association should make that decision and 18% are not sure.
Most voters (53%) also believe the White House Correspondents’ Association should set the rules for reporters to follow at White House press briefings. Just 28% think the rules should be set by the president (see question wording and crosstab results).
CNN reporter Jim Acosta has been at the center of a dispute about whether the president can bar him from press briefings. Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters have a favorable opinion of Acosta while 23% have an unfavorable opinion. Forty-five percent (45%) have either never heard of Acosta or have no opinion of him.
Forty-nine percent (49%) recognize that Acosta works for CNN while 40% are not sure. Eleven percent (11%) guessed that he worked for some other network.
The survey also found that 73% believe that Barack Obama received more favorable treatment from White House reporters than Donald Trump. Twelve percent (12%) believe Trump has received better treatment and 15% are not sure.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 20-21, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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