Americans largely believe that the news media is getting them the information they need, present accurate information, work for the benefit of the public, and are helping the country.
Pew Research Center Study
- 59% believe the news media is getting the information they need
- 49% believe the information is largely accurate
- 48% believe the news media is working for the benefit of the public
- 46% believe the media is helping the country
Everything these days, however, is political. The Pew Research Center study shows that whether you believe the news media has as much to do about your political leanings as anything else.
Overall, the public’s confidence in journalists remain slightly lower than when the issue was studies in 2018.
- 2018: 55% had at least a fair amount of confidence the journalists will work in the best interest of the public. 15% had the highest level of confidence.
- 2020: 48%% have at least a fair amount of confidence the journalists will work in the best interest of the public. 15% had the highest level of confidence.
Sadly, journalists in the study only outranked politicians and elected officials when it came to confidence to do the right thing. That group came in at the bottom of the scale.