Pew Poll: Negative Perception of Media at All-Time High
Americans are more critical of the press than they've ever been, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.
Pew has been running a "Views of the Media" poll every other year since in 1985. In this year's survey, 66 percent of Americans said the stories they come across are "often inaccurate," up three percent from the last poll. Americans are also very wary of outside influences on reporting: 77 percent said they believe news organizations favor one side over another and 80 percent said the news is often influenced by powerful people and organizations.
Americans say they are more trusting of local news than they are of national outlets: 69 percent said they trust local sources either "some" or "a lot," while national news organizations earn 59 percent trust.
When asked the same question about specific government institutions, respondents exhibited notably less trust. Just 50 percent said they trust the Obama administration while just 37 percent said they trust Members of Congress. Only 29 percent said they trust candidates running for office.