No faith in print

Only 1 in 5 Americans is very confident in newspapers

The percentage of Americans who have high confidence in printed news as a U.S. institution hit an all-time low in a Gallup survey taken earlier this month. Of 1,027 adults who participated in the telephone poll, only 20 percent said they had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers. Faith in print has been dwindling since 2000, when 37 percent of Americans had high confidence in the medium, and now the percentage with “very little” or “none” is at an all-time high—36 percent. Gallup notes that printed news is likely suffering not only from the rise of digital information, but also America’s growing distrust of the media in general.