Study: Americans trust Amazon, Google more than the US government, news media

Study: Americans trust Amazon, Google more than the US government, news media
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More Americans trust tech giants like Amazon and Google than the U.S. government or news media, according to a new study from Morning Consult.

The digital media and research company said the results were from the largest survey of its kind ever conducted, covering approximately 2,000 brands with an average of 16,700 interviews focused on each company.

The survey posed the question: "How much do you trust each brand to do what is right?" Respondents had the option to respond "a lot, some, not much, not at all, or don't know."

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Overall, the study found the United States Postal Service (USPS) to be the most trusted of all brands, with 42 percent saying they trust the government-run service "a lot" to "do the right thing."

USPS is followed by Amazon at 38.8 percent, Google at 37.9 percent and PayPal at 36.5 percent. A host of other brands including Chick-fil-A, Netflix, Heinz and Walmart received more than 30 percent.

Meanwhile, just 8 percent of respondents said they put "a lot" of trust in the U.S. news media to do the right thing, while 7 percent said the same of the U.S. government and 5 percent said the same of Wall Street.

The study found variation for the most trusted brands among different age groups, with Google, Netflix and Amazon taking the top spots for young adults ages 18-22 while USPS, UPS and The Hershey Company were the most trusted brands among Boomers.

Surveys for the report from Morning Consult, which is based in Washington, D.C., were conducted between early October and early December.