Americans have such a lack of confidence in the legacy media’s reporting that only six out of every 100 Republicans have any confidence in television news, according to a new poll. Their views reflect the deep distrust of the American people: Only 16% of all U.S. citizens say they can believe what they see on television. About one in five Americans trusts newspapers, a Gallup poll released on Wednesday found.
Gallup tracks public confidence in “14 core institutions” every year. This year’s results find that the American people’s trust has declined nearly across the board since the waning days of the coronavirus global pandemic. Strong, bipartisan majorities of Americans trust the military (69%) and small businesses (70%). Americans generally express low confidence in Congress, big business, and the criminal justice system.
But the two parties differ sharply on which other institutions deserve public support.
“Republicans have far more confidence than Democrats in the police and the church,” reported Gallup.
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