Americans’ Confidence in Newspapers at New Low

The 20% of Americans who are confident in newspapers as a U.S. institution hit an all-time low this year, marking the 10th consecutive year that more Americans express little or no, rather than high, confidence in the institution. The percentage of Americans expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers has been dwindling since 2000, and the percentage expressing “very little” or “none” finally eclipsed it in 2007. The percentage with low confidence has only expanded since, tying a previous high of 36%.

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6 thoughts on “Americans’ Confidence in Newspapers at New Low

  • June 14, 2016 at 10:13 am
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    As well as distinction between large Metro’s and community papers. I know in our market there would be high confidence in the local community paper and little in the large Metro to our North. You all need to stop lumping apples and oranges and do a bit more journalism. Dissapointed.

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  • June 14, 2016 at 10:23 am
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    Great point Andrew! A well managed community newspaper that serves its area well continues to experience high reader confidence.

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  • June 14, 2016 at 11:09 am
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    I would guess, also, that if the survey asked respondents about their level of trust in their local newspaper, versus newspapers in general, the results would be somewhat different. The same phenomenon occurs when pollsters ask Americans to rate Congress overall and then ask them to rate their member of Congress…

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  • July 5, 2016 at 11:54 am
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    Are these daily and weekly newspapers combined? Just dailies? The results are vague when we’re not told exactly what was asked. How can you fairly analyze data when you don’t know the foundation for it?

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