Majority of Republicans, Democrats don’t trust media for ‘very accurate’ info

Neither Republicans nor Democrats trust that the news media is providing them “very accurate” information, according to a survey released Thursday. 

The survey from the Media Insight Project reveals that only 31 percent of Democrats and just 8 percent of Republicans said they trust the news to be “very accurate.”

On the issue of bring “very well informed on important issues,” 38 percent of Democrats and 20 percent of Republicans say the media does a good job. 

On the question of whether the media contains biases, 33 percent of Republicans said it’s “too liberal,” while just 12 percent of Democrats think the media they consume is “too conservative.”

{mosads}In a rare result that doesn’t split along party lines, research showed Republicans and Democrats are similar in behavior in terms of how they get news, how often they read it and whether news is something they proactively look for. 

“They are equally likely to pay for news, to get news from social media, to seek it out actively rather than passively, and to get news multiple times a day,” according to the Media Insight Project study, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and The Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Almost all recent polls on trust in media has shown eroding trust between news consumers and the media. 

Gallup’s “trust in media” annual poll has shown all-time lows for years with steady declines among Democrats and independents, while Republicans saw a dramatic drop from 2015 to 2016. 

In 2015, 32 percent of Republicans had trust in the media, according to Gallup. That number dropped to just 14 percent the following year in 2016. 

Gallup’s 2017 poll is due out in September. 


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