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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Americans' Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low

Liberals' and moderates' views are now similar to conservatives'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' confidence in television news is at a new low by one percentage point, with 21% of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. This marks a decline from 27% last year and from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in television news in 1993.
Trend: Americans' Confidence in Television News
The findings are from Gallup's annual update on confidence in U.S. institutions, conducted June 7-10 this year. As such, the findings preceded the erroneous initial reports by cable-news networks CNN and Fox News regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's June 28 decision about the constitutionality of the U.S. healthcare law.

Among 16 U.S. institutions tested, television news ranks 11th, following newspapers in 10th place. The 25% of adults who express a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers is down slightly from 28% last year. Confidence in newspapers is now half of what it was at its peak of 51% in 1979.


Anonymous said...

I know I get frustrated with the news especially when it comes to politics because I feel that they give a bad wrap to whoever the news programs don't like at the time. Gwen Dennett com 101 section 4522

Anonymous said...

Anthony Chu says
Whats coming more shocking to me is that people still use news papers, consider that everything can now be found on the WEB.

Austin Rains said...

many people don't read the newspaper anymore because they turn to television and the internet for all there newsly sources there are more benifits to looking up online like saving paper and you can keep up with current events with the newspaper you usually have to wait for the next issue of it to come but also you get more then one newsly source in a single day then jumping from site to site on the internet.

Anonymous said...

Television is just a whore for commercials. I don't want to learn about important world events from the same place I'm being forced to watch paid advertisements. Plus, with news networks like Fox around, any freethinker would automatically see that the news is losing an incredible amount of ethos.
At least I still have ad block and the internet, for the moment.

Danielle Nunez COM 101

Anonymous said...

This article brings up the fact that Americans have lost confidence in television news and this has reached a new low point. I feel this is mostly because of the growing use of the internet. I know that I find out most of my news from going online, whether it be Facebook, Yahoo homepage, etc. The information on the chart started in 1993 which is right before the internet started getting popular, so I think this definitely has some relation.

-Jason Mejia COM-101

Anonymous said...

It does not surprise me that people have lost their belief in public news. How often is anything correctly reported anymore.

Astrea Swinson said...

Astrea Swinson(COM 101)
The news today in my opinion does not dicuss the issues that matter most in our society and world. If they do, most of it is beating around the bush so that it does not cause a panic and also a lot of news is ads and useless stuff that they use to just make money.