Americans have a lower opinion of the national media every week, it seems. And a new poll finds that trust in the media has hit yet another new low.
The latest I&I/TIPP Poll asked respondents: “How much trust do you have in the traditional or established news media (Example: Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, CBS News, etc.) to report the news accurately and fairly?”
The results were very bad news for the media.
In the case of the traditional media, just 33% of poll respondents said they either had a “lot of trust” (12%) or “quite a bit of trust” (21%) in these outlets. But the “No trust” group totaled 61%, with 32% expressing “little trust” and 29% “no trust at all.”
But even those numbers might be weaker than they appear.
The “trust” data are mainly elevated by just one group: Democrats, according to the online I&I/TIPP Poll, taken from Nov. 2-4 from a sample of 1,359 adults. The margin of error is 2.8 percentage points.
A majority of Democrats (54%) say they trust the Big Media outlets, versus just 42% who say they don’t. That compares with a relatively tiny 15% of Republicans who trust the media, compared to 81% who say they don’t.
Among independents, the unofficial third party in America, the comparable numbers are 26% “trust,” and 66% “no trust.”
Startlingly, trust in the non-traditional media was even worse.
Unlike the traditional media data, which showed Democrats trusting those outlets while Republicans and independents didn’t, the alternative media find favor with no one. Dems show a trust/no trust ratio of 36% to 58%, compared to the GOP’s 21% to 74% and independents’ 18% to 71%.
This is bad news all the way around and seems to say that there is NO source of information that is trustworthy in this day and age.
But, in truth, we can blame the old media for this. All this is their fault. If they had not abused their power and had not taken sides with the far left and against America, we would not be here.Commentary