A leading pollster has some blunt news: “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32 percent indicating they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
This is down eight percentage points from last year,” publishes Art Swift, an analyst for the Gallup poll, which initially questioned the nation to weigh in on the press in 1972.
“Over the history of the entire trend, Americans’ trust and confidence hit its highest point in 1976, at 72 percent, in the wake of widely lauded examples of investigative journalism regarding Vietnam and the Watergate scandal,” Mr. Swift stated.
The sentiment has fallen slowly and steadily, and has continually been below a majority level since 2007.
“Republicans who say they have trust in the media has plummeted to 14 percent from 32% a year ago. This is easily the lowest confidence among Republicans in 20 years,” the analyst observed.
Among Democrats, the number is 51 percent, among independents, it is 30 percent.
70% of the public these days feels MAINSTREAM NEWS MEDIA is “not credible”.
“While it is clear Americans’ trust in the media has been eroding over time, the election campaign may be the reason that it has fallen so sharply this year,” Mr. Swift stated.
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