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Majority of US voters believe media biased against Trump: Poll

Americans watch the third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Murphy's Tap House in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, October 19, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

A majority of likely American voters believe mainstream media organizations are biased against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, a new poll shows.

According to the national Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday evening, 55 of likely voters said the media is biased against Trump, while 42 percent could not find any bias in the media against the real estate tycoon, POLITICO reported.

Almost 90 percent of Republican voters think that news media is biased against Trump, while 3 in 4 Democrats disagree with that opinion.

“Donald Trump made the charge, and American likely voters agree: There is a media bias against the GOP contender,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll was conducted among 1,007 likely voters from October 17 to October 18. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Over the last week, Trump has intensified his criticism of the American electoral system. He called the election process rigged, and said the media is colluding with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in order to beat him.

During the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Trump said, “"The media is so dishonest and so corrupt and the pile-on is so amazing, The New York Times wrote an article about it. They don’t even care, it's so dishonest, they’ve poisoned the minds of the voters.”

“But unfortunately for them, I think the voters are seeing through it,” he added.

According to a POLITICO/Morning Consult survey, released on Monday, 41 percent of American voters are saying the 2016 election could be "stolen" from Trump due to widespread voter fraud.

And 73 percent of Republican voters think the election could be stolen from the billionaire businessman, while 17 percent of Democrats agree with the prospect of rigging.

The US media has launched an offensive against Trump in recent days, running reports of several women claiming the billionaire businessman has groped and forcibly kissed them.

Trump has called the allegations “slander and libel” and part of a “concerted, coordinated and vicious attack” launched by Clinton and the news media to destroy his campaign.

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