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Washington Post credibility in the U.S. 2020

The Washington Post's credibility fell between 2019 and 2020, with a survey held in April 2020 revealing that 45 perecnt of respondents believed the newspaper to be very or somewhat credible, down from the 56 percent who said the same in the previous year. The Washington Post’s credibility rating was slightly higher than that of The New York Times in 2019 but lower in 2020, and the publication also lost out to The Wall Street Journal in this regard,.

The Washington Post

Founded in 1877, The Washington Post has been running for over 140 years and has won a number of Pulitzer Prizes for its employees’ editing, criticism and reporting work over the last century. The publication is one of the leading daily newspapers in the United States, and its circulation figures are good considering the decline of print media in recent years. The Washington Post has moved with the times and made the necessary shift towards digital along with many print outlets, with positive results. The newspaper has a large number of digital only subscribers worldwide and is among the most popular news brands in the United States. The Washington Post frequently ranks in the top five news brands in terms of monthly users, along with the likes of The New York Times, CNN and FOX News.

The Washington Post is perhaps best known for its coverage of the Watergate Scandal in the 1970s led by reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. Whilst several attempts were made to discredit the newspaper’s investigations and subsequent reports, many consider the Post’s investigation of Watergate to have significantly contributed to President Nixons’s resignation.

Credibility of The Washington Post 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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