Trust in Mass Media Declines – It Depends on Your Politics

Gallup has released a new survey regarding the public’s trust in the mass media.  The percentage of those who completely distrust the media  increased 5 points since 2019.  According to the new report:

“ [T]the public remains largely distrustful of the mass media. Four in 10 U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” (9%) or “a fair amount” (31%) of trust and confidence in the media to report the news “fully, accurately, and fairly,” while six in 10 have “not very much” trust (27%) or “none at all” (33%).”

These numbers should raise concern among broadcast journalists.  Also disconcerting is the fact that trust in the media appears to be a function of a person’s politics.  According to the analysis Democrats trust the media more than Republicans.   

As journalists, we need to work to earn the trust of all Americans, regardless of their political persuasion.

To see the complete report from Gallup click HERE.  


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