Gallup: One in Four Americans Trusts News Media

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Americans have very little trust in the news media, according to a new Gallop poll.

Only 23 percent expressed having "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers and television news, the worst results since 2007.

According to Elizabeth Mendes, deputy managing editor at Gallup, the percentage of Americans who've shown confidence in newspapers generally has been trending downward since 1979 when it reached a high of 51 percent.

The report also showed that conservatives have less trust in the news media than moderates or liberals. Moderates' confidence is at 25 percent, liberals at 31.

"Trust in newspapers by party mirrors the respondents' ideological findings. Democrats are most confident at 33 percent, while independents are less so at 19 percent, and Republicans at 16 percent are least confident," Mendez wrote in her article on the statement.

The survey was conducted by telephone interviews June 1-4. More than 1,500 participants were randomly chosen, aged 18 and older, across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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