Americans’ trust in newspapers and TV news has fallen to historic lows, says Gallup Survey The establishments. Americans have the least confidence in Congress of all the institutions named in the survey, but the news media institution comes second from bottom.
Although Congress and the news media have never had high trust ratings, they have fallen in the rankings in recent years, Gallup notes.
Only 16% of American adults now say they trust newspapers “a lot” or “somewhat” and 11% trust television news. Both are down 5 percentage points from last year, Gallup reports.
This is the fourth year in a row that trust in television news has fallen below 20%. A majority of Americans, 53%, now say they trust TV news very little or not at all.
Republicans (5%) and independents (12%) both had the lowest trust in newspapers on record, while Democrats (35%) had lower ratings in the past. Democrats’ trust in newspapers rose from 42% to 46% under the Donald Trump administration, but fell when President Joe Biden took office.
Democrats also say they have more confidence in television news than Republicans and independents, Gallup points out. However, the trust ratings of Democrats and independents are down significantly from a year ago and are now at historic lows: 20% and 8%, respectively. Only 8% of Republicans have great or great confidence in television news.
Gallup did not name specific television news networks or newspapers in its investigation.
Gallup has tracked Americans’ trust in newspapers since 1973 and television news since 1993 in its annual survey of major US institutions. Gallup surveys a minimum of 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older for each Gallup Poll Social Series (GPS). The survey took place from June 1 to 20.
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