Good news, journalists! Americans no longer have an all-time low opinion of your work. Instead, according to a new Gallup poll, 44 percent say that they have “a great deal” or “fair amount” of trust and confidence in mass media. That’s up from last year’s 40 percent, the lowest it had ever been since Gallup began tracking media confidence in 1997. So pat yourself on the back! You are officially slightly less terrible.
While you’re having your congratulatory beer, enjoy these other highlights from the report:
- As for political leanings, Democrats trust the media the most, at 60 percent. Only 33 percent of Republicans said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
- Speaking of politics, more Americans say that the media is too liberal (46 percent) than too conservative (13 percent).
- Despite this year’s uptick, overall, Americans’ trust in the media has been on a steady decline since 2007.