Only 30% of Voters in Recent Poll Trust News Media

Matt O'Hern
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Data released in a recent poll by Rasmussen revealed that the majority of those surveyed consider news media not only untrustworthy, but an enemy of the people.

According to Rasmussen's poll results, only 30% of Likely U.S. voters say they trust the political news they’re getting – down from 37% in July 2021 – while 52% say they don’t trust political news, and 19% are not sure.

In the same survey, 59% of voters polled agreed that the media are “truly the enemy of the people,” including 35% who strongly agree. Thirty-six percent (36%) don’t agree, including 23% who strongly disagree.

The survey of 1,002 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on May 16-18, 2023 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Distrust of the media transcended race and gender, with 59% of men and 57% of women voters at least somewhat agreeing that the media are “truly the enemy of the people.” 58% of whites, 51% of black voters and 68% of other minorities – at least somewhat agree that the media are “the enemy of the people.” Black voters are less likely to believe media coverage favors Democrats, but also less likely to say they trust the political news they consume.

President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters have the most confidence in the news media. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 67% say they trust the political news they’re getting.

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Matt O’Hern’s journalism experience includes political news reporting for various organizations and news publications in Florida since 2005. O’Hern graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a degree in journalism.

Orlando, FL

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