More Americans say they have little or no trust in the media

According to a recent Gallup poll, 6 in 10 Americans “have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.”

Distrust of the media remains highest among Republicans, whose confidence in the media (26%) is far lower than Independents (31%) and Democrats (58%).

Negativity toward the press is at an all-time high for a presidential election year, according to the survey. But that’s due mostly to the increased skepticism of Independents, who are reportedly “quite dissatisfied with [their] ability to get fair and accurate news coverage of this election.”

There is also a 20 point gap between Americans who generally trust the media and those who do not. This is up from previous years and is the widest margin Gallup has ever recorded since they started regularly asking Americans about how much confidence they have in the media back in the 1990s.

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9 thoughts on “More Americans say they have little or no trust in the media

  1. Sir Robert says:

    Kudos to my Dad, who just yesterday vowed to stay away from mainstream media news and shows. He finally saw through their ploy that worked to get people to tune in, tune in, tune in so that before they knew it, people had spent three hours of their day, watching straight news with is actually cyclicle in their reporting. Bravo Dad. I love you.

  2. FIGHT EVIL says:

    Hey there Papal Marriage Laws, I Follow Hate, Jaimie Candace Ward, Louis Marnelli and others of your wicked ilk: If you really want to meet your match and much of the inspiration behind our wonderful and brilliant leader Tom Peters, check out Fr. John Zuhlsdorf’s twitter and blog. He is one Catholic priest who isn’t afraid of really telling it like it is and won’t put up with any of your endless evil nonsense.

    1. Barb says:

      This post is unchristian. You don’t call others evil because they disagree with you. This is the problem, not the solution.

      1. Julie T. says:

        Barb, I agree with you insofar as we are called to refrain from calling people evil, but if you think we cannot or should not call actions or ideas “evil” when they clearly are, then you, too, are off the mark. We are *required* to testify to the truth, even when the truth is hard. That said, I would have re-phrased the first half of the first sentence to say something about defending wickedness. However, since those called out are all known trolls to this site, I doubt very much they would recognize the difference.

        1. Corey says:

          Are they kind, considerate ***trolls*** or are they evil, wicked trolls? I disagree with the things Stalin and Hitler did, too. Is that just a matter of disagreement? Or was what they did evil and were they evil as a consequence of their decided actions? You make it sound as if there is no evil in the world, like it’s just somebody’s opinion, man. Everything is relative, right?. Live and let live (except unborn babies). Jesus turned the tables of the moneychangers and denounced them for their evil deeds? Was He being unchristian?

  3. We need a law like Canada’s that says that you can’t report falsified information, conjecture, and opinion and call it “news”. If there’s a law that bans gay couples from calling their counterfeit marriages a “marriage”, then there should be a law preventing FOX News from calling their propaganda “news”!

    1. abadilla says:

      And I presume you think CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, the New Tork Times, the Los Angeles Times, are not giving us propaganda, right?
      At least in the Fox Channel you have different perspectives, left, and right, speaking, and then you make up your mind. No such luck with most of the media and that’s why 6 out of 10 Americans are mighty unhappy with them.
      I’m sorry, I must leave you now because I have to go watch my favorite program, “The Five.”

    2. Julie T. says:

      “Papal Marriage Laws”, be careful what you wish for because the issue cuts both ways. A law such as the one you describe would definitely put MSNBC out of business and leave the rest of them, A-Z, with far less profit with which to pay the salaries of their frequently biased, frequently clueless “reporters.” Of course, on second thought, perhaps it wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all, given the egregious slander directed toward the Church, pro-life groups, traditional marriage and family organizations, etc. While we are at it, why not also add a law similar to British libel laws? Their libel and slander laws have teeth…

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