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."
  • Bethany Mandel says it's the media's fault that 71 percent of Roy Moore voters don't believe the allegations against him.
  • Repairing media mistrust means understanding that "the problem did not appear in 2015 when a real estate magnate descended an escalator," Mary Katharine Ham writes. "The descent began decades ago."
  • A January 2018 Pew Research Center study finds that only 21 percent of Americans who identify with the Republican Party say news organizations are doing well at reporting different positions on political issues fairly.
  • A March 2018 Quinnipiac University national poll finds that 91 percent of Republican voters disapprove of the way the news media have covered President Trump, while only 6 percent approve. At the same time, fully 77 percent of Republican voters approve of the way Trump talks about the media, while only 18 percent disapprove.
  • An April 2018 Quinnipiac University national poll asked: "Who do you trust more to tell you the truth about important issues: President Trump or the news media?" Democrats (90 percent to 4 percent) trust the media more; Republicans (81 percent to 13 percent) trust Trump more.
  • April 2018 data from Pew tell us that "58 percent of Democrats and just 16 percent of Republicans are confident in the news media to act in the public interest."
  • A May 2018 Cor Strategies poll finds that two in three Oklahoma Democrats say they trust the media “a great deal” or “a good amount.” Meanwhile, nearly three in four Oklahoma Republicans say they trust the news media “not at all” or “not very much.”

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