Thirty-three percent of Republicans surveyed by Gallup in 2013 said they had a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of trust in the news media. That’s hardly a ringing defense of the Fourth Estate, but it’s higher than last year, when 26 percent of Republicans said the same. Independents also held a more favorable view of the press than they did last year.
Overall, Americans viewed the news media more favorably in 2013: 44 percent said they trust the press, up from 40 percent last year. (In 1976, 72 percent said they trusted the media a lot.) 46 percent said the news media was too liberal, and 37 percent said it was “Just about right.”
Previously: Gallup: Americans mistrust media more than ever