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Gallup Poll: Americans' Trust in Mass Media Plummets to New Low


The percentage of Americans who trust the media has dropped eight points from last year.

Former NBC News Anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival)

Americans' trust in the mass media to “report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has plunged to its lowest level ever, according to a new Gallup poll.

Only 32 percent of Americans said that they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media to report the news accurately — an eight-point drop from last year and the lowest level Gallup has ever recorded in its polling history.

Americans’ trust in the media has fallen steadily for several years, but during the course of the 2016 election, Republicans’ trust in the media has plummeted from 32 percent to only 14 percent. Gallup notes that Republicans’ level of confidence in the media is the lowest it has found in 20 years.

Meanwhile, Democrats' and independents' trust in the media has declined only slightly — 51 percent of Democrats trust the media, compared to 55 percent last year, and 30 percent of independents trust the media, a three-point decline from 2015.

Gallup noted that in the last 20 years, Democrats have been more likely to trust the media.

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