September 03, 2017

Trust Issues

"Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media 'to report the news fully, accurately and fairly' has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32 percent saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media," Gallup reported on September 14, 2016 ("Americans' Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low"). Among Republicans, the number is 14 percent.

Subsequent polls [updates provided below] also have found that many Americans—especially Republicans—are wary of the press.
  • Only 27 percent of Americans say they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers, Gallup reported on June 28, 2017. Among Republicans, the number is 13 percent.
  • In June 2017, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that Americans trust the Trump administration more than they trust the media.
  • An August 30, 2017, Fox News poll asked Americans: "Who do you think poses a greater threat to the United States—white supremacists or the news media?" While 47 percent of registered voters said white supremacists are a greater threat, 40 percent said the news media are a greater threat and 9 percent said both pose the same threat.
  • “Just over a third of Americans (37 percent) in 2017 say news organizations generally get the facts straight,” Gallup reported on August 25, 2017. Respondents were asked: “In general, do you think [ROTATED: news organizations get the facts straight, (or do you think) news organization’s stories and reports are often inaccurate]?” While 62 percent of Democrats believe news media get the facts straight, only 14 percent of Republicans believe so.
  • An October 2017 Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 48 percent of adults surveyed say they have a "great deal" or "some" confidence in the press, while 45 percent say they have "hardly any" confidence in the press.
  • An October 2017 Marist poll asked Americans: "Who do you trust more: your favorite news source or Donald Trump?" Incredibly, despite Trump's untrustworthiness, by a nearly two-to-one margin (61 percent to 31 percent) Republicans say they trust Donald Trump more. (And keep in mind, we're talking about these Republicans' favorite news source—not CNN or The New York Times.)
  • A November 2017 PragerU video explains "why no one trusts the mainstream media."

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