Thursday, March 29, 2018

They're Skeptical - And That's Putting It Mildly!

CBS-TV’s long-running “60 Minutes” series scored its highest-ever ratings Sunday night with its interview of porn star Stormy Daniels who claims she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump 12 years ago. But most voters don’t attach much importance to her claims now that Trump is president of the United States.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters closely followed news reports about the Daniels interview, with 21% who followed those reports Very Closely. Forty-five percent (45%) didn’t pay close attention to the “60 Minutes” interview, including another 21% who didn’t follow news reports about it at all. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But only 39% attach any importance to the Daniels interview when it comes to their perceptions of the president and the job he is doing. Fifty-six percent (56%) don’t. This includes 17% who say the interview is Very Important to their perceptions of Trump and 34% who say it’s Not At All Important.

Perhaps in part that’s because a new high of 52% believe when most reporters write or talk about Trump, they are trying to block him from passing his agenda. By contrast, 48% said most reporters were trying to help President Obama pass his agenda in the second year of his presidency.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 27-28, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, 57% of voters said the allegations of sexual harassment made against Trump by several women were important to their vote, but only 12% said the allegations changed their decision on which candidate to vote for.

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