Can we blame the media for Donald Trump?

John Sides says yes.  Here’s the key chart from his latest post:

The correlation between those lines is 0.93 (the maximum possible is 1.0).

So why is Trump’s coverage declining? At least partially responsible is a series of events that have brought other candidates into the spotlight. For example, Fiorina’s share jumped on Sept. 10 when Trump criticized her appearance, and again after the Sept. 16 debate. Rick Perry’s and Scott Walker’s shares jumped when they each dropped out of the race. Carson’s share of coverage increased after his controversial remarks about Muslims. Rubio’s share of coverage shot up when he took on Trump

Just as news coverage helped create Trump’s surge in the polls, it appears to be helping create his decline. We’ll see if that continues.

I hope not!  Donald Trump is too much fun.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to Can we blame the media for Donald Trump?

  1. rgbact says:

    Blame the media? How many posts on Trump have you made vs. the entire rest of the GOP field? Look in a mirror. If there were 100 GOP candidates, liberals would still want to discuss Trump.

    • Steve Greene says:

      Guilty. And I don’t actually “blame” the media. His campaign is fascinating and therefore newsworthy. But it is fair to point out the seeming self-fulfilling role of the media in his popularity.

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