Good news for those of us in the media business: public trust in the media is up from an all-time low to slightly higher than an all-time low.
According to Gallup’s latest poll measuring public trust in the media, 55% of respondents have “not very much” or “none at all” trust in the media, while 44% have “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the media. That is better than last year’s all-time low, when 60% of respondents say they didn’t trust the media, and only 40% saying they did.
Republicans, Democrats and independents all had more trust in the media this year than they did last year, though a plurality of Republicans and independents still believe the media in general is “too liberal.” Gallup explains:
This year’s bump in confidence comes mainly from independents and Republicans, after these groups’ trust in the media dropped last year amid a heated presidential election race in which Mitt Romney supporters may have felt their candidate was being treated unfairly. Democrats’ confidence, however, has been inching up since 2011.