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65% of "self-described conservatives" believe that social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are purposely censoring conservatives and conservative ideas from their sites, according to a new Media Research Center/McLaughlin & Associates poll that Axios obtained first.

Why it matters: The right has been alleging for years that Big Tech companies are intentionally and systematically biased against them, but their criticisms have gotten substantially louder and have received heightened attention since President Trump took office — so much so that the Trump administration itself said it's considering trying to regulate the industry.

Reality check: Despite the growing backlash from the right, claims of systemic or coordinated bias against conservatives on social media platforms remain largely unproven. Facebook referrals for many political and news sources have dropped across the ideological spectrum thanks to changes in the News Feed algorithm.

By the numbers:

The following findings are from those who responded to the survey as "self-described conservatives":

  • 65% said they believe social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are intentionally censoring conservatives and conservative ideas from their sites.
  • 66% said they do not trust Facebook to treat all of its users equally regardless of their political beliefs.
  • 67% said they have less trust in Facebook than they did one year ago.

Methodology: The survey, conducted by the conservative Media Research Center and Republican pollster McLaughlin & Associates, polled 1,000 likely general election voters nationwide from August 22-27, and 351 of those surveyed described themselves as conservatives. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.

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Peloton’s popularity is falling as swiftly as it shot up.

Why it matters: Not all pandemic habits stick around. Peloton's trajectory over the past two years exemplifies how challenging it's been for companies to gauge shifts in consumer demand — particularly in sectors heavily altered by the pandemic.

Mitch McConnell's remarks on Black voters raise ire

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a Capitol Hill news conference earlier this year. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been widely criticized for comments he made this week about Black American voters.

Driving the news: When asked by a reporter Wednesday about concerns among voters of color, McConnell said "the concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, Black American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans."

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Scoop: Trump’s friends worry legal pick for N.Y. case lacks experience

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Close associates and advisers to Donald Trump tell Axios they're concerned by his decision to use a relatively inexperienced New Jersey attorney, Alina Habba, in his high-stakes legal fight against New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Why it matters: A former president typically has access to the country's most prestigious experts, including lawyers. Trump has turned to the former general counsel for a parking garage company, who works from a small law office near his Bedminster, N.J., country club.

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