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Credibility of the New York Times in the U.S. 2020

A 2020 survey found that 21 percent of Americans believe The New York Times (NYT) to be a very credible source of news and information through its print and digital publications. Just 15 percent seriously doubted the credibility of The New York Times, though nine percent had some reservations about the publication.

The New York Times

The New York Times is one of the most widely read newspapers in the United States and has been a fixture of American print news for over 150 years. The publication has won far more Pulitzer Prizes than any other media company in U.S. history, with its first being awarded for its coverage of World War I, and more recently has been recognized for its investigative dives into gender and race dynamics in the United States. In addition to generally high perceptions of the publication’s trustworthiness among U.S. citizens, most Americans also find it to be accurate in its reporting. When it comes to business, the NYT has been one of the most successful brands in terms of transitioning from print to digital media offerings, with nearly three million digital-only subscribers as of 2019.

Newspaper circulation

Although the NYT has managed to reinvent itself into a multi-platform publication, many others have not been so successful. The daily newspaper industry, which once boasted a paid circulation of over 63 million, had fallen to less than 30 million in 2018 following years of steady decline. Paid circulation of Sunday newspapers in the U.S. dropped by almost 20 thousand between 2008 and 2018 and is expected to fall further in years to come.

Credibility of the New York Times in the United States as of April 2020

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

April 16 to 18, 2020

Number of respondents

2,200 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

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