September 17, 2014


54 percent of Democrats have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the news media, according to a new poll by Gallup. That’s a 14-year low. Republicans’ trust in the media fell from last year, and independents’ trust inched up one percentage point.


One interesting finding: The percentage of people who complained the media is “too conservative” rose six percentage points this year. The percentage of people who thought the media was “too liberal” fell two points.

Overall, the percentage of Americans who trust the media fell to 40 percent, the same all-time low this survey hit in 2012, before rocketing to 44 percent last year.


Trust in the media tends to drop during election years, Gallup notes, which suggests “something about national elections triggers skepticism about the accuracy of the news media’s reporting.”

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City…
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