The Election Amplified Americans’ Distrust of The Media. Will Publishers Do Anything to Fix What’s Broken?
An intensely divisive election cycle like the one we just experienced seems to have more losers than winners. And there's no doubt that among those losers is "the media." A September Gallup poll shows that Americans' trust of the media was at an all-time low. Only 32% say they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust in “the media.” Perhaps unsurprisingly only 14% of Republicans express trust, down from 32% last year. But even more troubling to the future relationship between the press and the public is that the decline in trust is more pronounced among 18-49-year-olds than their older counterparts, down to 26% from 53% in 2005.