Credibility of major news organizations in the U.S. 2017-2020

According to a survey held among adults in the United States in April 2020, CBS was considered to be the most credible news source in the country, with 60 percent of respondents citing the organization as being very or somewhat credible. Sources which fared less well were MSNBC, National Public Radio, and Huffington Post, with less than 45 percent of adults agreeing that they found these to be credible news outlets. However, the credibility of all new sources in the ranking was considered lower in 2020 than in previous years, indicating not only a lack of trust but suggesting that audiences have grown more cautious when consuming news.

Credibility of major news organizations in the United States from 2017 to 2020

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

November 2 to 6, 2017; March 28 to April 2, 2019; April 16 to 18, 2020

Number of respondents

2,200 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among those who rated the organization 'very' or 'somewhat' credible

Method of interview

Online survey

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