The central problem I have with your whole discussion is the idea that media reports on the plans are trustworthy, trustworthy enough to move on past the impressions people have of the subject. The media in this country is a joke, it's completely unaccountable on all sides to the point of basically just being a poor form of entertainment. Lack of accountability and factual reporting aside, left leaning media organizations commonly frame the questions in their polls in order to shade the end result toward the answers they want. The lack of trust we have in the media is really just about what you can see in countries that have had fascist or dictator takeovers, it's really at that point. Do you think all these other countries' populations saw and understood the change in media and were like, "Whoops, like communism is coming..." and everyone agreed and thought it was bad but couldn't help it? No, it couldn't have happened unless a significant portion of the population was bamboozled. My wording may have been pretty strong but I'll tell you what, the media bias in this country is reaching the point where we probably won't even be allowed to see polls that show it.