Americans’ Trust in Media Falls to Second-Lowest Level Ever Recorded in New Poll

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Americans’ trust in news media fell to the second-lowest ever recorded in a Gallup survey released Thursday.

Just 36 percent of respondents said they had some level of trust in mass media, including newspapers, television, and radio, to report news accurately. That percentage included 29 percent who said they had “a fair amount” of trust in the media, while just 7 percent said they have “a great deal” of trust.

Meanwhile, 29 percent of respondents said they have “not very much” trust in media, and 34 percent said they have “none at all.” The only year in which Americans reported lower levels of trust in the media was 2016, when 32 percent said they had some level of trust in the news.

The Gallup survey also showed that reported trust in mass media has been much higher among Democrats than Republicans since 2017. In that year, 72 percent of Democratic respondents said they trusted the media, compared with 14 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Independents.

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