Little trust in TV news

American confidence hits new low

American television watchers’ confidence in television news has been on a steady decline for years, hitting an all-time low in 2012, according to a new Gallup poll. Just 21 percent of the surveyed adults reported being confident in TV news. That’s a sharp contrast to 18 years ago, when 47 percent of respondents expressed confidence. The pollster notes that new low was recorded in early June, prior to the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare and the embarrassing snafus by CNN and Fox News outlets, which both initially reported that the health-care law’s individual mandate was deemed unconstitutional.

Here’s how the poll breaks down over the past three years, by age and political affiliation:

2010 2011 2012
National adults 22 27 21
18- to 29-year-olds 24 34 28
30-to 49-year-olds 16 24 22
50- to 64-year-olds 23 23 16
65-year-olds and older 25 32 21
Republicans 16 25 34
Independents 18 23 17
Democrats 31 36 34