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By Stephen Pederson

U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High

All Time High in Distrust of Media Since Poll Began – Gallup

Early in the fall of 2012, Gallup, Inc. – the renown survey company – updated a survey on how much Americans trusted the mass media (defined as newspapers, television and radio).  The question referred to how the media reports accurately and fairly the events/facts of its stories.

Poll showing new highs in distrucst of the media by Americans

Gallup, Inc.’s new poll on public trust of the mass media hits an all time low. Americans do not trust the media to accurately or fairly report the facts.

What Gallup found about the opinions of the survey respondents was:

Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.

In fact, the gap between a negative view of the media and a positive view of the media rose to an all time high of a 20% difference since the poll question has been regularly asked since the 1990′s.   Furthermore, when Gallup has looked farther back in its survey history finds a significant change in how the general public perceives the media:

Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior to 2004 — as high as 72% when Gallup asked this question three times in the 1970s.

Read further from Gallup’s commentary on the impact that this distrust of the media can potentially have on democracy in the US.

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