Public confidence in media’s fairness hits new low 

Americans’ trust in the media’s fairness has dropped to an all-time low according to a Gallup poll released today. Over half, 57 percent, of the 1,019 adults surveyed by Gallup said they have little or no trust in journalists to report the news fairly. Journalists are now flirting with politician-level trust ratings: Just 36 percent say they trust the U.S. Congress while 43 percent say they trust the media.

As one might expect considering the ideological composition of America’s elite media, Democrats are much more likely to believe what they see or hear from journalists. Nearly 60 percent of Dems say they have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of trust in the media compared to 39 percent of independents and 32 percent of Republicans.

I’d give more of a breakdown of the internals but it looks like Gallup has accidentally  posted a shorter version of the poll details (PDF link).

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