The percentage of Americans who trust the media as an institution has dipped to its second-lowest reading on record, according to a Gallup poll report released on Thursday.
Americans’ trust in the media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” decreased 4 percentage points since last year to 36 percent. The result is just 4 percentage points higher than the record low of 32 percent in 2016.
According to the report:
After hitting its lowest point in 2016, trust in the media rebounded, gaining 13 points in two years — mostly because of a surge among Democrats amid President Donald Trump’s antagonistic relationship with the press and increased scrutiny of his administration by the media. Since 2018, however, it has fallen a total of