Survey finds Americans' trust in media is world's lowest

Trust in American mainstream media has hit a new low according to a new survey which found that less than a third of Americans trust the media.

Elie Cantin-Nantel Ottawa ON

Trust in American mainstream media has hit a new low, according to a new survey which found that less than one-third of Americans trust the media.

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford interviewed 29,000 people in nearly 50 countries for digital news report, which found that that the global survey found Americans have a media trust gap of 15 percent, compared to the average media trust of 45 other nations that were surveyed.

Only 29 percent of Americans surveyed said they trusted the media, while 23 percent said they strongly disagree that they trust the media. Almost half of Americans (44 percent) do not think media outlets report on the facts.

The survey also found that people on the left feel more represented by the media, with 51 percent of people who identity as Liberal saying their views are reflected in the media, and 34 percent who disagreed.

That number is much lower for conservatives, with only 16 percent of conservatives saying that the media portrays them accurately, and 75 percent saying they do not feel accurately portrayed.

The American media's constant negative coverage of President Donald Trump is believed to have played a some factor in the large lack of trust in media.

President Trump received an avalanche of daily negative press coverage, with 95 percent of stories written about Trump in the early days of his presidency being negative. On the other hand, President Joe Biden has received very positive news coverage, and is asked easy questions by reporters such as what ice cream he ordered.


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