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Trust in media plummets further: 50% have lost faith - in the media and don't trust it

Posted: Oct 9th, 2019 - 6:31 am

America’s media is “rapidly losing” the public’s trust to provide straight news about politics, with those who’ve lost faith reaching 50%, according to a new analysis being released Tuesday.

In just one year, trust in the news media fell from 46% to 39%, a period that covered the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination fight and eventual end of the Russia collusion affair.

Friends and family, and even trade associations, now top the media as sources of trustworthy news, according to the survey from the Public Affairs Council and Morning Consult.

“Once upon a time, the news media was the most trusted source of political news and information — but not anymore. Over the past 12 months, attitudes about the American news media, particularly among Republicans, have become increasingly negative. More than 50% of the public don’t trust the political news they receive from the media,” said the latest 2019 Public Affairs Pulse Survey Report.

It is the latest to detail the growing lack of trust and faith Americans have in the media’s coverage of politics.

It also detailed sweeping partisanship in how Americans view the media but noted that even 32% of Democrats have little or no trust in the news media.

The survey was shared with Secrets.

The analysis said:

The news media is rapidly losing the public’s trust as a source of news and information about politics. Only 39% consider it trustworthy, compared with 50% who said they trust the media “not too much” or none. Last year, 46% said it was a trustworthy source of political news and information and only 43% disagreed.
Democrats still generally trust the news media, with 58% saying they trust it at least somewhat and only 32% saying they have little or no trust. Just 23% of Republicans, however, have at least some trust in the news media and 69% have little or no trust. Independents also tend to be negative about the press, with 33% having some trust and 50% having little or no trust.

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