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.