Americans confidence in news media declining

A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research/American Press Institute survey released Sunday reveals that only 6 percent of the American people have a significant amount of confidence in “the press”. Of seven major U.S. institutions, only Congress rated lower.

While Americans’ trust of the media has been in decline since the turn of the century, 60 percent of respondents said they “watch, read, or hear news several times a day”.

According to the RealClear Politics average, Congress’ job approval rating — also in decline over the past two decades — stands at 14.5 percent, compared to 77.6 percent who disapprove.

Overall, 38 percent of those surveyed could recall a particular instance when the media reported a story inaccurately that “caused them to lose trust in a news source.”

The survey also found the most distrustful political affiliations are those who identify as Republicans and Independents, while Democrats trust the media more.

Despite the evolution in technology, a majority still consume most of their news from “a local TV station”, or “its website”, while 29 percent primarily use “social media” sites.

In the social media category, 87 percent mostly use Facebook to get news — compared to only 18 percent for Twitter — but only 12 percent trust the information they see there.

Stylistically, 80 percent “want their source to be concise and get to the point for national politics”, while 61 percent say the same for sports news.

It also seems as though Americans are increasingly losing faith in humanity, as 58 percent agree that one “can’t be too careful in dealing with people”, while 41 percent conversely said that “most people can be trusted”.

Research for the project was conducted by polling 2,014 adults from all 50 states between Feb. 18 and March 6.


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