A new poll from Gallup shows American faith in the media has reached a record low. 60 percent of Americans expressed either “not very much” or no faith “at all” in the media, compared to 40 percent who said they had either a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of faith the media to report accurately.
When Gallup began asking the question regularly in the 1990s, only 46 percent said they had little faith in the media compared to 53 percent who said they trusted most reporting. Faith in the media has been steadily declining over the last decade.
“Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior to 2004 — as high as 72% when Gallup asked this question three times in the 1970s,” writes Gallup’s Lymari Morales.
The decline in trust in the media is driven primarily by independents and Republicans, according to Gallup. Only 31 percent of independents and 26 percent of Republicans expressed trust in the media. 56 percent of Democrats, meanwhile, said that they still had some measure of faith in reporting.
Despite their lack of trust in the media, Republicans are paying the closest attention to reporting about the 2012 election cycle. 44 percent of Republicans and 39 percent of Democrats said that they are following the news closely. Only 33 percent of independents who said the same.
Read the full report via Gallup
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