Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury” has proven explosive, sending shockwaves across Washington and beyond.
In its first week of publication, it sold 29,000 copies according to NBD BookScan with digital sales reaching an estimated 250,000. President Trump has claimed Wolff was not provided with access to the White House and that the book is “full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist”.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also labeled Fire and Fury “complete fantasy”.
Wolff has defended himself against that criticism, insisting Trump is “a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth.”
Notably, however, Wolff did include a note at the beginning of the book where he says some of his sources were definitely lying to him while others offered contradictory reports, and this has cast doubt on the book’s credibility.
The end result of the sensational spat between Trump and Wolff is that the book is flying off the shelves.
But, given its success, Statista’s Niall McCarthy asks (and answers) what does the American public make of its accuracy?
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A new Morning Consult/Politicopoll has found that a third of registered voters (32 percent) think the book is very or somewhat crediblewhile a quarter (25 percent) consider it not too or not at all credible. 20 percent of respondents either haven’t heard of it or have no opinion.
When it comes to political affiliation, unsurprisingly, 46 percent of Democrats view the book as credible while percent think it’s inaccurate.
Among Republicans, a 38 percent majority are skeptical about Fire and Fury while just under a quarter find it very or somewhat credible.