Confidence in Media, 2017
Art Swift reports at Gallup:
Despite an ongoing controversy over "fake news," more Americans this year (27%) say they have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers than did so last year (20%). Although confidence in newspapers is up from last year's record low, it remains lower than it typically was in the 1980s and 1990s.
Americans are no more confident in television news than in newspapers. As the line between news and opinion is often blurred on cable networks, 24% of U.S. adults say they possess confidence in television news. Still, this is up from the record low of 18% in 2014 and is the highest since 2011.
Although digital news sites have exploded with traffic, Americans have even less confidence in news that appears on the internet (16%) than they do in newspapers or television news. Gallup has asked about this kind of news only two times before: In 2014, it found that 19% had a great deal of confidence, and in 1999, 21% expressed the same sentiment.