Perceived objectivity of mass media in the U.S. 2000-2019

In 2019, just 13 percent of respondents stated they had a great deal of trust in the mass media when it came to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly, demonstrating an improvement from the years 2015 and 2016. However, 28 percent of respondents had no trust at all in the mass media.

Level of trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly among adults in the United States from 2000 to 2019

Great dealFair amountNot very muchNone at all
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

September 3 to15, 2019

Number of respondents

1,525 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The question was phrased by the source as follows: "In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media -- such as newspapers, TV and radio -- when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly -- a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"
Data for 2005 not available.
Survey date and sample size refer to 2018.

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