A Gallup Poll report released this month shows public confidence in the military (74%) and small business (62%) is high. But less than 1/4th of Americans have confidence in the news media. In fact, only Congress (7%) rates worse than television news (18%) and internet news (19%). And newspapers (22%) only rate above those three and big business (21%).
Gallup has been polling on public confidence in various institutions since 1973 and television news since 1993. Here are some of the differences between 1993 and now:
1993 . . 2014
68% . . 74% the military
31% . . 22% newspapers
46% . . 18% television news
18% . . 7% congress
Confidence in the military is up about 10%. Confidence in newspapers has dropped about a third. Confidence in television news and Congress has plummeted by about 60%.