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Distrust in US media at record high, according to Gallup poll

September 30th, 2010Posted by in Editors' pick, Newspapers, Politics

Distrust in mass media in the US has reached a record high, having risen for the fourth year running. In a recent Gallup poll, 57 per cent of respondents said they had little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.

The 43 per cent who answered that they had a great deal or fair amount of trust in mass media make up a joint record-low. An earlier poll, conducted by Gallup last month, suggested that trust in newspaper and television news is particularly low, with just 22 per cent saying they had quite a lot or a great deal of trust in newspapers and 25 per cent saying the same for television.

The suvey suggests a sharp decline in trust in the branches of government, with Gallup recording a record low for the legislative branch, worse than the media rating.  The executive and judicial branches of government fared better but also suffered declines.

Other findings suggest that nearly half of Americans (48 per cent) think the media is too liberal, compared with just 15 per cent who think it is too conservative. Sixty-three per cent of respondents perceived bias in one direction or the other.

A recent YouGov poll of the UK found that trust in media outlets is in steep decline. The survey suggests that ‘upmarket’ newspapers (Times, Telegraph Guardian) had an approval rating of 41 per cent, ‘mid-markets’ (Mail, Express) 21 per cent, and red-tops  just 10 per cent.

Full Gallup findings at this link…

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  • plebian

    There is a fairly logical explanation for this mistrust, independent, objective journalism is not tolerated in the mass media of the United States. Call it what you will, monolithic, contrived, a controlled corporatist/statist monopoly, its job is not to inform, it is to control, and it attempts to do so in a Hegelian fashion.

    Our betters in the U.S. are attempting to turn us into a mass of mollified, cuckolded sheep, so this medium in which we are now communicating won’t be tolerated for much longer. The control freaks can’t allow it. What a shame.

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