Gallup: Distrust In Media Hits All-Time High


By Alex Weprin Comment

According to a new poll from Gallup, distrust in the media has reached an all-time high, with 60% of respondents having “not very much” or no trust at all. The previous high was 57%, set last Summer.

This reflects the continuation of a pattern in which negativity increases every election year compared with the year prior. The current gap between negative and positive views — 20 percentage points — is by far the highest Gallup has recorded since it began regularly asking the question in the 1990s. Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior to 2004 — as high as 72% when Gallup asked this question three times in the 1970s.

Republicans and Independents tended to not trust the media substantially more than Democrats, who were more likely to have a favorable view. The poll also indicated that interest in national politics–while still higher than the average, is lower than it was in 2008.