According to polling company Gallup, 41 percent of adults in the U.S. have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. While that marks a slight decline compared to 2018, it's a significant improvement over the 2016 outcome of the same survey, when trust levels had hit a historical low of 32 percent.
Gallup reports that the level of trust in the media varies greatly depending on political preference. While Republicans have traditionally viewed the media more critically than Democrats, the divergence between both sides of the political spectrum has never been greater in terms of how the press is regarded – a trend mirroring a political climate that seems more hostile and divided than ever.
While 69 percent of Democrats expressed a fair amount of trust in the mass media this year, only 15 percent of Republicans did the same, possibly owed to the fact that Republican President Donald Trump makes no secret of his disdain for the press. According to the Trump Twitter Archive, he used the term "fake news media" 191 times on Twitter since his inauguration, and even called the "lamestream" media the "enemy of the people" on several occasions.