Trust in Media Nosedives to All-Time Record Low

Mainstream media

Americans’ trust in mass media has been on the decline for decades. This well-known fact is not necessarily newsworthy. However, what is newsworthy is that after a long and steady drop, it continues to decline and now it has hit a new all-time record low.

Which begs the question, ‘How low can it go?’

Gallup reported on Wednesday that Americans’ trust and confidence in mass media has crashed to only 32 percent, down from 40 percent last year.

A graphic provided by the respected polling agency shows the disturbing trend in media, which is dominated by the Democrat Media Complex members like ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, government-subsidized PBS, and the L.A. Times.

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Gallup noted that they began asking the question, “In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media — such as newspapers, TV and radio — when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly — a great deal, a fair amount, not very much or none at all?” all the way back in 1972, with the high water mark being in 1976, when a whopping 72 percent said they trusted the media.

Noteworthy is that trustworthiness in the media has declined most among Republicans, dropping from 32 percent to only 14 percent. A small majority of Democrats, 51 percent, still trust the media, which probably is not surprising since most in media are overwhelmingly liberal. Although, even among Democrats, that number has been in a downward trend. Last year, 55 percent of Democrats trusted mass media.

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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