A majority of Americans believes in the accuracy of Bob Woodward’s latest book and an anonymous New York Times op-ed, both of which detail efforts from Trump administration staffers who push back against President Trump.
An Axios/SurveyMonkey poll released Wednesday found that 55 percent of adults believe the allegations raised in the Woodward book and the op-ed purportedly written by a senior administration official.
Participants were asked if they believe reports in Woodward’s book and the op-ed that “claim there is significant resistance to President Trump within the White House.”
Democrats were the most likely to believe Woodward and the anonymous author, with 81 percent saying they trust both accounts.
Fifty-one percent of independents said they believe both depictions of the White House, while just 30 percent of Republicans said the same.
Men and women were equally likely to believe Woodward and the senior administration official, with 55 percent of each group saying they trusted both accounts, according to the survey.
The poll surveyed 2,173 adults online on Sept. 12 and 13. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.
Excerpts from Woodward’s book and the op-ed rocked the White House on back-to-back days earlier this month, with both describing staffers as going against certain orders and suggestions from Trump.
Woodward’s book, “Fear,” includes multiple specific allegations of high-ranking staff members questioning the president’s competence and circumventing some of his decisions, including one case in which former economic adviser Gary Cohn takes a document off of Trump’s desk without the president knowing.
Trump has lashed out at Woodward, calling the book “fiction,” and the White House has blasted the op-ed author as a “coward.”