The results of a recent survey indicate that Americans’ trust in the media is dwindling, with as little as 34% saying they hold a “great deal” or “fair amount” of confidence in it. This leaves an overwhelming proportion, 38%, expressing they have absolutely no trust at all. Even more strikingly, this is the first instance of those entirely lacking trust outnumbering those with at least some faith in the media’s performance.
These unsurprising figures were unearthed by a Gallup poll conducted in the first half of September. The poll did not just reveal an alarming lack of trust in the mass media, but also in the tripartite branches of the US Government.
One person’s media nemesis is another’s trusted source as the erosion in confidence clearly demarcates along party lines. With a substantial 70% of Democrats, a mere 14% of Republicans and 27% of independents saying they have considerable or fair confidence in the media, the chasm is widening….