Woodward book viewed as most credible Trump exposé: poll

Woodward book viewed as most credible Trump exposé: poll

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WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, is viewed by voters as the most credible of the three high-profile exposés giving a behind-the-scenes look at the presidency, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday.

While 41 percent of voters find the veteran journalist’s book credible, 23 percent said it was not.

In contrast, author Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was seen as credible by 32 percent of voters and not credible by 25 percent.

The poll found that 35 percent of voters said former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s book, titled Unhinged: An Insiders Account of the Trump White House, was credible while 39 percent said it was not.

The White House has met Woodward’s book with fierce resistance, including numerous statements from current and former administration officials denying that they made explosive quotes attributed to them.

On Tuesday, former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn and former Staff Secretary Rob Porter, both cast Woodward’s account as inaccurate.

Woodward, best known for breaking the Nixon-era Watergate scandal along with Carl Bernstein, has vehemently defended the book, telling NBC’s “Today Show” on Monday that denials were expected.

“These are political statements to protect their jobs,” Woodward said. “Totally understandable.”

The poll was conducted among 1,988 registered voters between Sept. 6-9. There is a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.

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