Gallup: Distrust in Media Hits New High and Three Times as Many See Media as 'Too Liberal' Over 'Too Conservative'
Published: 9/30/2010 8:09 AM ET
"For the fourth straight year, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly," Gallup reported Wednesday in recounting the findings of its latest annual survey on views of the news media. Gallup's post, "Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High: Perceptions of liberal bias still far outnumber perceptions of conservative bias," noted "the 57 percent who now say this is a record high by one percentage point," while the 43 percent who "express a great deal or fair amount of trust ties the record low" - although within the four-point margin of error.
Gallup also again confirmed that three times as many recognize a liberal bias than perceive a conservative tilt:
Nearly half of Americans (48%) say the media are too liberal, tying the high end of the narrow 44 percent to 48 percent range recorded over the past decade. One-third say the media are just about right while 15 percent say they are too conservative.Most telling: While Republicans have the least trust in the news media and are the most-likely too consider the media "too liberal," independents are much closer to Republicans than Democrats: 61 percent of independents don't trust the media and 45 percent call the media "too liberal" compared to just 15 percent who say the media are "too conservative." [Jpg of a table showing the rundown by party and ideology.]