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6/20/2014 (2 years ago)

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Only 18 percent of American public expresses high confidence in media

The talking heads keep talking on news programs, but very few Americans are giving credence to the news media. According to the latest Gallup Poll, confidence in TV news is at an all-time low. Only 18 percent of the Americans surveyed expressed either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in that news medium.

Conducted earlier this month, only 10 percent said they had 'a great deal' of confidence in T.V. news, and only eight percent said they had 'quite a lot' of confidence.

Conducted earlier this month, only 10 percent said they had "a great deal" of confidence in T.V. news, and only eight percent said they had "quite a lot" of confidence.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

6/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in TV

Keywords: Gallup Poll, TV news, confidence

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Gallup has been asking the following question annually since 1993: "Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one--a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little?" One of the institutions listed is "television news."

Conducted earlier this month, only 10 percent said they had "a great deal" of confidence in T.V. news, and only eight percent said they had "quite a lot" of confidence.

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The previous low was in 2012. A combined 21 percent at that time said they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in television news. In 2013, it was 23 percent.

In the first year Gallup asked Americans about their confidence in T.V. news, in 1993, 46 percent said they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. Public opinion has never seen a high like that again.

In the 22 years Gallup has asked the question, the 18 percent who told the polling company this year that they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in T.V. news was the lowest yet recorded.

In the poll, Gallup interviewed a random sample of 1,027 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the survey.

This year's decline in media trust is driven by independents and Republicans. The 31 percent and 26 percent, respectively, who express a great deal or fair amount of trust are record lows and are down significantly from last year. Republicans' level of trust this year is similar to what they expressed in the fall of 2008, implying that they are especially critical of election coverage.

Independents are sharply more negative compared with 2008, suggesting the group that is most closely divided between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is quite dissatisfied with its ability to get fair and accurate news coverage of this election.


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