Poll: Distrust of Media Sets Record

Kevin Robillard, Politico, September 21, 2012

Three-fifths of Americans distrust the mass media—an all-time high, according to a poll released Thursday.

Sixty percent of Americans have little or no faith in the media to report the news accurately and fairly, according to a Gallup Poll, and 40 percent trust them a fair amount or a great deal. The percentage of Americans who distrust the media has been steadily rising since 2006, when 50 percent still trusted the press. In 2011, 55 percent of Americans were distrustful and 44 percent trusted the media.

There’s a sharp partisan divide as well: 58 percent of Democrats trust the press, compared with 26 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of independents.

Republicans typically see a sharp drop in media trust in election years. In 2008, their trust fell to 27 percent before rebounding over the past three years. {snip}

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