In a survey held in February 2022, 20 percent of Americans said that they found CNN to be a very trustworthy source of news and information. Opinions regarding the network’s trustworthiness varied, with 23 percent of respondents saying that they did not trust CNN at all. The study also revealed that Gen Xers, postgraduates, and high-income adults were most likely to report having a lot of trust in CNN.
CNN is a pay television channel founded in the 1980s, and is currently owned by AT&T. It is one of the most popular news networks in the U.S. and has spawned successful affiliate networks around the world. Survey responses to attitudes about the credibility of CNN found that 50 percent of all participating adults deemed CNN to be very or somewhat credible, though opinions differed among certain groups. The station is viewed by some as more liberal-leaning in terms of political spin, and as such political affiliation affected respondents' feelings about the channel. Age, educational background, ethnicity, and multiple other factors also influenced attitudes to CNN's credibility, as is the case with competing channels such as MSNBC and Fox News.
The credibility of news sources is of growing importance to consumers as more and more news audiences are faced with fake news, which is an ongoing issue not only in the United States but also in other countries around the world. Fake news puts the public at risk of digesting deliberately untrue or inaccurate information about major happenings and events. News consumers are increasingly concerned about the spread and influence of fake news, so much so that the share of adults who would support government intervention in restricting false information grew by nine percent between 2018 and 2021.
Level of trust in CNN in the United States as of February 2022
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Morning Consult. (February 28, 2022). Level of trust in CNN in the United States as of February 2022 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved December 08, 2023, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/742234/trust-cnn/
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