One-Third Of Americans Don’t Trust The Media, Poll Finds
American public's distrust in mainstream media becomes more apparent
A new poll has revealed around one-third of Americans do not trust that the mainstream media's reporting is based on factual information.
The poll, from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USAFacts, which was released on November 20, asked Americans “how often” they think each of the questions asked, “are based on factual information.”
It found that around two in 10 – or less – Americans believe the media's reporting is based on facts.
But only 21% of Americans always or often trust the media, while 47% sometimes have that trust.
Those who said they never believe that media reports based on facts equated to thirty-one percent, according to the poll.
The public distrust in the media was even more pronounced when Americans were asked if they believed decisions made by policymakers are based on facts.
55% of those polled only sometimes consider in their lawmaker's decisions to be trustworthy, while just 14% always or often trust them.
The apparent skepticism became more evident as many Americans expressed doubt about whether the public voting was based on facts.
Americans also doubted whether political candidates’ messages in their campaigns are based on facts and if debates between candidates are legitimate, the poll found.
A mere 9% always or often trusted in politicians’ campaign messages.
The poll also found that Republicans are more skeptical than Democrats, while baby boomers are less convinced in what politicians say compared to millennials.
Several mainstream media outlets have withdrawn articles attacking President Donald Trump over the US Government's handling of #migrant children after it emerged the information was based on #Obama-era data.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) November 20, 2019
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USAFacts President Poppy MacDonald said in a press release:
“Democracy is in danger when Americans so overwhelmingly lack trust in the candidates, the policymakers, the news media, and each other."
The poll from October saw 1,032 U.S. adults interviewed between Oct. 15-28, according to Axios.
The margin of error was a plus or minus 4.2%, and the final numbers were rounded.
On Thursday, Neon Nettle reported that President Donald Trump's voter approval turned positive thanks to a massive revolt against impeachment by independents.
The Emerson poll found that 48% approve of Trump, while 47% do not.
Additionally, public support for the president's impeachment is now negative, as finding that echoes other recent pollings.
Emerson said the fundamental change has been among independent voters.