ALL-TIME LOW: Only 7% Say They Have Great Deal of Trust in American Media

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 29, 2015 | 11:34 AM EDT

(AP Photo/Chris Usher)

(CNSNews.com) - A Gallup poll released yesterday shows that an all-time low of 7 percent of Americans say that they have a great deal of trust and confidence in the media.

At the other end of the spectrum, a record high of 24 percent said their trust and confidence in the media is “none.”

The combined 60 percent who say they have either no trust in the media (24 percent) or not very much trust (36 percent) also matched an all-time high.

Periodically, since 1972, Gallup has asked this question: “In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media—such as newspapers, T.V. and radio—when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly—a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

 

The highest that trust and confidence in the American media ever went was in June 1976, when a combined 72 percent said they either had a great deal of trust and confidence in the media (18 percent) or a fair amount (54 percent). That year only 26 percent said they either had not very much trust and confidence in the media (22 percent) or none at all (4 percent).

Democrats were far more likely than Republicans or Independents to have trust and confidence in the media, according to Gallup.

In the new poll, 55 percent of Democrats said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust and confidence in the media. By contrast, only 33 percent of Independents and only 32 percent of Republicans said they had a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the media.

The Gallup survey also showed that younger Americans are less likely than older Americans to have trust and confidence the media.

Among Americans 18 to 49, only 36 percent said they have a great deal or fair amount of trust and confidence in the media. Among Americans 50 or older, only 45 percent said they had a great deal or fair amount.

The survey interviewed 1,025 U.S. residents 18 or older from Sept. 9-15 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.


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