Media Trust Declines Again

2021 October 8
by bc3b

The results of the annual Gallup Media Trust Survey are in and Americans = other than Democrats – don’t trust the media. And, why shouldn’t the Democrats not trust the media? The media has become the PR arm of the Democratic Party, attacking Republicans, defending Democrats and “embargoing” real news it doesn’t want Americans to know.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four percentage points since last year to 36%, making this year’s reading the second lowest in Gallup’s trend.

In all, 7% of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” and 29% “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in newspapers, television and radio news reporting — which, combined, is four points above the 32% record low in 2016, amid the divisive presidential election campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In addition, 29% of the public currently registers “not very much” trust and 34% have “none at all.”

Line graph. Americans’ trust in the mass media when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly, since 1997. In 2021, 36% have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the mass media, and 63% have not very much or none at all. This is the lowest rating since 2016, when trust was 32%, the lowest on record.

These findings, from a Sept. 1-17 poll, are the latest in Gallup’s tracking of the public’s confidence in key U.S. institutions, which began in 1972. Between 1972 and 1976, 68% to 72% of Americans expressed trust in the mass media; yet, by 1997, when the question was next asked, trust had dropped to 53%. Trust in the media, which has averaged 45% since 1997, has not reached the majority level since 2003.

After hitting its lowest point in 2016, trust in the media rebounded, gaining 13 points in two years — mostly because of a surge among Democrats amid President Donald Trump’s antagonistic relationship with the press and increased scrutiny of his administration by the media. Since 2018, however, it has fallen a total of nine points, as trust has slid among all party groups.

Democrats’ Trust in Media Dwarfs Republicans’ and Independents’

Partisans’ trust in the media continues to be sharply polarized. Currently, 68% of Democrats, 11% of Republicans and 31% of independents say they trust the media a great deal or fair amount. The 57-point gap in Republicans’ and Democrats’ confidence is within the 54- to 63-point range for the two groups since 2017.

While both Democrats’ and independents’ trust has slid five points over the past year, Republicans’ has held steady.

Historically, Republicans’ confidence in the accuracy and fairness of the news media’s reporting has not risen above 52% over the past quarter century. At the same time, Democrats’ confidence has not fallen below the 2016 reading of 51%. For their part, independents’ trust in the media has not been at the majority level since 2003.

Line graph. Partisans’ trust in the mass media when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly, since 1997. In 2021, 68% of Democrats, 31% of independents and 11% of Republicans have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the mass media. Republicans’ trust is one percentage point higher than the previous low, recorded last year. Democrats’ trust is now eight points lower than their highest on record, from 2018, and independents’ trust is one point higher than their record low.

Bottom Line

Just as Americans’ trust in the three branches of government is faltering, so too is their confidence in the fourth estate — the media. Confidence in the media among Republicans over the past five years is at unprecedented lows. After a brief recovery in trust among Democrats and independents early in the Trump administration, their trust has fallen off a little in recent years. Democratic trust remains well above where it was before Trump came into office and made attacks on the media a core message of his presidency.

Hat tip: Gallup Organization

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26 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 October 8 5:57 am
    bc3b permalink

    Right now the main job of the mainstream media is to prevent Americans from knowing how bad things really are

  2. 2021 October 8 6:06 am
    justrand permalink

    if you go to a football game the cheerleaders only cheer for THEIR team.

    Thus the media only cheers for Democrats. And the “fans” in attendance (Republicans & Independents) have noticed.

  3. 2021 October 8 6:58 am
    justrand permalink

  4. 2021 October 8 6:59 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #2 –

    Cheerleaders (especially scantily-clad hot cheerleaders) serve a purpose. The media doesn’t.

    Speaking of which, it’s time to pick this week’s girls.

  5. 2021 October 8 7:01 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The pressitutes are doing so well. Fact they are doing so well they don’t even know what is going on.

  6. 2021 October 8 7:02 am
    drdog09 permalink


    BC have you looked as some of the press? Scantly clothed? They need a burka.

  7. 2021 October 8 7:06 am
    drdog09 permalink

  8. 2021 October 8 7:09 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Yes, Dear Yorick, that IS the question —

  9. 2021 October 8 7:37 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    4, thanks for taking on this tough job so selflessly!

  10. 2021 October 8 8:10 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    7, pitched at a nice (low) level, thanks.

  11. 2021 October 8 8:44 am
    mpt permalink

    Interesting read on the current JIT logjam

    Very good summary. Thanks for passing it along. I would share it with people at work as we are suffering under a host of supply chain issues, but even the right-of-center slight political tone of it would cause me grief. To the folks I work with, most of our problems are caused by not enough past investment in green energy. 🙁

  12. 2021 October 8 10:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

    MPT, 11,

    Had to laugh, but yeah that is how wide the blinders are on for those drinking the koolaid.

  13. 2021 October 8 10:31 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Back to the OP,

    The distrust of the media is by design, not an accident. TPTB view it as a feature to disorganize the masses. For the clueless, they are being herded into what I can only view as mind capture. Sort of what mpt mentions in post 11. Those in the bubble, escape is not possible unless a external epiphany hits them square in the face.

  14. 2021 October 8 10:38 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Firefight in Roma, TX at the border?
    Michael Yon on his way to observe and posts this:

    “Americans, there is no time left. Stand up now or watch America be destroyed in your lifetime. Army Generals are off collecting stars and war trophies. They will not save our borders.

    The Governor of Texas is weak and floppy.

    Strength or Die.”

  15. 2021 October 8 11:57 am

    “Media” trust is still way way too high.

    JIT Article…
    “but that depends on whether the authorities get their act together and remove as many bureaucratic and regulatory obstacles as possible.”

    Thus far they doubling down on stupid, any think that’s going to change?

  16. 2021 October 8 12:42 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Fox News up to their old tricks. Just rehired Arnon Mishkin to run the 2022 decision desk. He called Arizona for Biden with 3% reporting. F@$k ‘em.

  17. 2021 October 8 12:58 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Heh. Three tweets, note the dates.
    5/9/20 Lorena Gonzalez, Dem politician: “F* Elon Musk”
    5/10/20 Elon Musk: “message received”
    10/2021: “Tesla will move its HQ to TX”

  18. 2021 October 8 1:24 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Completely new to me: Covid sufferers who are on statins get milder cases (statistical analysis) so some doctors are using statins to treat Covid.

    Another recent claim is that over the counter anti-histamines and an antibiotic works well. A nursing home in Spain (quite a long time ago) had 84 residents. Of them, 3 died, the rest were put on the treatment. All residents and staff got through (100% infection of the residents) without any deaths. Also, no hospitalizations.
    Somehow, this did not catch anyone’s attention till now.

  19. 2021 October 8 1:44 pm

    Ireland, Hungry and Estonia cave. :faceplam:

    16 – Zero surprise – turn them off if you have not already.
    18 – Interesting. ‘somehow…’ yeah somehow, lol. 😉

  20. 2021 October 8 2:25 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    RE: 18,

    So that is what? 5-6 current approved drug cocktails that counter Covid, possibly inhibiting the virus inhabiting the ACE2 receptors of the host? Could it be that those pushing the Vaxx know this hence need to suppress ANY counter narrative?

    By approved I mean the individual drugs, not the protocol of treatment.

  21. 2021 October 8 2:56 pm

    Just one of the many remaining political prisoners (and yes even though he technically finally out of jail pending trial, he’s still a prisoner)

  22. 2021 October 8 3:19 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Statins – really?

    I will take the Covid every day vs taking a statin. Read the side effects of statins. No thanks.

  23. 2021 October 8 6:12 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    KH posted this a while back. This comment was funny.

    U.S. Nuclear Submarine Strikes Unidentified Object in South China Sea, Sailors Injured
    Commenter: “At that depth they may have collided with Biden’s approval numbers.”

  24. 2021 October 8 6:25 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    I guess the shipping situation is not THAT bad?

  25. 2021 October 8 6:31 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

  26. 2021 October 9 3:37 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Just an observation on #25. In certain cities on the west coast one can load up with shit and walk out the door without paying or the need for a mask. Just Sayin’.

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