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Only 7% of Americans Have A “Great Deal” of Trust in the Mainstream Media

Published on October 18, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

Host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" program, on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


Minneapolis, MN — A new poll asked over 1,000 Americans, in part, “How much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media … when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly?”It turns out that less than half of respondents feel they can rely on today’s mainstream news.

Gallup released the results of their latest poll on the trustworthiness of the mainstream media last month, revealing that just four in ten of those surveyed — a random cross-section of adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia — trust the media. Only 33 percent say they have a “fair amount” of trust in the media, and a mere 7 percent reported having a “great deal” of trust.

Gallup has collected data on the public’s perception of the media since 1972. Trust in the media has been falling since peaking at 55 percent in 1998 and 1999. Since 2007, in particular, a majority of Americans have distrusted the media.

This year’s results tied other historic lows seen in 2012 and 2014. But the pollsters noted one thing that sets this year’s results apart:

“Trust has typically dipped in election years, including 2004, 2008, 2012 and last year. However, 2015 is not a major election year.”

For over 10 years, Gallup polls have found trust is highest among Democrats and lower among Republicans and Independents. Last year, trust among Democrats fell to a 14-year low at 54 percent, and rebounded by just a single percentage point this year. Republican trust in the media is up slightly this year as well, while Independent voters’ trust in the media fell.

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