How to keep your news on track in the age of self-reporters
You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that a large majority of Americans don’t even believe that news sources like the New York Times, CNN and BuzzFeed are trustworthy.
That’s because they’re all self-reported.
In fact, more than one-third of Americans believe that if you only go to the website that reports your story, you won’t get the full story.
The survey of 1,100 adults was conducted online in March.
The findings are the first to examine how people perceive the integrity of their own news sources.
The report finds that there’s been a shift in how Americans feel about news.
While people are still generally distrustful of the news media, that’s beginning to change.
When asked about the quality of the coverage they’re seeing, nearly half of Americans say that they think the quality is “good.”
But the number who say the quality isn’t good has increased to 44% since the survey was first conducted in 2016.
The Pew survey found that about three-quarters of Americans have at least some concern about their personal safety.
While the number of Americans who say they’re concerned about their safety has decreased over time, the survey found a substantial gap between the numbers who say that their safety is being taken seriously.
More than one in five (20%) Americans said they feel “very worried” about their own safety.
When it comes to how people feel about the media, there’s a huge partisan divide.
A majority of Republicans (54%) and Republicans with a college degree (59%) say that the quality in their news is good.
But Democrats (42%) and independents (42%) are more likely than Republicans to say that.
And more than four-in-ten Democrats (57%) say they don’t think the news is worth reading.
This isn’t the first time Pew has found that there are partisan divides over trust in the media.
When Pew asked Americans how confident they were that the news was trustworthy in the years prior to 2016, 51% of Democrats said they were “very confident.”
By comparison, a plurality of Republicans thought the news to be “not very trustworthy.”
This poll was conducted March 6-10 among a national sample of 1:11,000 adults.
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