A new survey has found that confidence in television news has hit an all-time low among Americans.
According to a Gallup survey, only 21 percent Americans said they had 'a great deal' or 'a lot' of confidence in television news media, continuing a steady decline from the 46 percent who expressed confidence in television media in 1993.
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Nineteen percent of liberals expressed confidence in television media, versus 20 percent of moderates and 22 percent of conservatives.
Gallup also cited the blunders at CNN and Fox News during the Supreme Court healthcare ruling as a sign that 'confidence in television news could plummet furthe'.
"[T]hese and other networks-and the news media as a whole-will have to renew their efforts to show Americans that they deserve a higher level of confidence than what they enjoy today," the authors said.
"It is not clear precisely why Americans soured so much on television news this year compared with last," when confidence was at 27 percent, the authors at Gallup wrote.
Of the 16 U.S. institutions tested, including the police, the church, the Supreme Court, banks, and big business, newspapers ranked tenth, television news was at eleventh.