Econintersect: Over the last 33 years Americans' confidence in Newspapers has fallen from a high point above 50% in 1979 to as low as 22% in 2007 and 23% in the latest poll. Television news fared no better with the confidence of only 23% as well. Liberals had twice the confidence in newspapers (31%) compared to conservatives (15%). The poll was taken the first four days in June.
Newspapers and television were not at the bottom of the confidence list, however. Big business (22%), organized labor (20%) and health maintenance organizations (HMOs, 19%) were all lower.
But all outranked Congress with only 10% confidence level.
- Americans' Confidence in Newspapers Continues to Erode (Elizabeth Mendes, Gallup Politics, 17 June 2013)