With the public turning to social media for news, or just ignoring it altogether, trust in the legacy media has plummeted and is heading back to the historic low hit during the 2016 elections.
But a new Gallup poll finds that the public’s trust and confidence in mass media depends on their politics.
For Democrats, a near record high 73% have a great deal, or fair amount of trust in the media. For Republicans, an all-time low of 10% trust radio, TV, and newspapers. Just 3% of the GOP has a “great deal” of trust in media institutions.
The poll highlights:
- 9% of people in the U.S. trust mass media “a great deal,” and 31% “a fair amount.”
- 27% of people have “not very much” trust, and 33% have “none at all.”
- The percentage of the public with no trust at all is a record high, up five points since 2019.