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 Americans 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.

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