Newspapers and television news rank 10th and 11th in confidence, respectively, among the 16 institutions tested by Gallup. “While the improvement for each is small in absolute terms, it could mark the beginning of the reversal of the trend seen in recent years,” writes Lymari Morales.
Confidence in newspapers and television news increased across most key subgroups, with the biggest across-the-board improvements among 30- to 49-year-olds and men. The views of Americans aged 18 to 29 exhibited the most mixed year-to-year change, with this group showing a 10-point increase in confidence in television news but a 10-point decrease in confidence in newspapers. While members of this group remain among the most confident in each, their views are now on par with those of Democrats and liberals.
Republicans registered a nine-point increase in their confidence in television news and essentially no change in their views of newspapers.