Conservative Trust in Media Drops to New Low: Poll

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 31, 2021 Updated: August 31, 2021

Trust in national and local media outlets has dropped to a new low when it comes to Republicans and those who lean to the right, according to a new poll.

Just 35 percent of that group said they have a lot or some trust in national news organizations, according to the Pew Research Center poll. That’s down from 70 percent in 2016.

Democrats and those who lean to the left have remained trusting in national outlets. Their trust has only declined five percentage points, to 78 percent, during the same period of time.

Both groups are more trusting of local news organizations. Approximately 66 percent of Republicans or people who lean Republican trust local outlets—down from 79 percent in 2016—and 84 percent of Democrats or those who lean Democrat trust local outlets—virtually the same as five years ago.

Conservative trust in all outlets has been dropping for years, with a sharp decline of 14 percentage points between the last time the survey was done in late 2019 to the latest one. Overall trust is also down, with far fewer saying they have “a lot” of trust in national news outlets—just 12 percent, down from 65 percent in late 2019.

The survey of 10,606 U.S. adults was done across two weeks in June. All respondents are members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel. A margin of error wasn’t noted.

Republicans for years have complained about the bias some outlets display. A number of outlets openly acknowledged being against former President Donald Trump, likely contributing to the continued decline in trust.

Another recent poll indicated that many Americans did not trust media reporting on the situation in Afghanistan.

Just 29 percent of respondents to the Rasmussen Reports survey said they trusted what the media was reporting on the situation, while 53 percent did not trust the reporting and 19 percent were unsure.

Over half of the respondents said the situation was worse than the media was portraying, compared with 11 percent who said the situation was actually better than reported. The remaining respondents said the situation was about the same as the media coverage portrayed it.

The survey of 1,000 likely American voters was conducted on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25. It had a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percentage points.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.