Americans' Trust in Media Wanes, Remains Higher than Trust in Government

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A study released by Pew finds that the public prefers their news without a political point of view, particularly online.

In poll data released by the Pew Research Center, the American public’s trust in media continues to fall, yet still remains higher than the trust in government.

According to the data, 66% of respondents said news stories are often inaccurate and 77% think that news organizations tend to favor one side. 80% believed that powerful people and organizations often influence news organizations.

On the other hand, Americans appear to think more highly of the news sources which they rely on, rather than news media as a whole. 62% said that their main sources of news relay straight facts, while 30% find stories to be often inaccurate. As far as local news orgs, 69% of people have a lot or some trust in information from local news, while 59% trust information from national news orgs such as CNN and Fox News.

The government, and President Barack Obama’s administration specifically, did not fare quite as well.

51% of participants have a lot or some trust in the government, with 50% trusting Obama’s camp. Earning even smaller numbers are federal agencies (44%), business corporations (41%), Congress (37%) and candidates running for office (29%). 

The majority of opinions formed appear to be a reflection of television news outlets, rather than print or online mediums. When asked what comes to mind when they think of news orgs, CNN and Fox News were the most frequently mentioned sources. Still, the survey discovered that Americans generally prefer news without a political point of view – particularly online.

For a more complete look at the survey data, click over to Pew Research Center.

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