Rasmussen Poll: Only 6% Rate News Media As ‘Very Trustworthy’

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 04:03 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Only six percent of Americans surveyed rate the news media as "very trustworthy," according to the latest Rasmussen poll released on Thursday.

The telephone survey, which polled 1,000 likely voters between Feb. 26 and 27, found that 56 percent of Americans regard the news media as at least "somewhat trustworthy," which includes the six percent who believe it to be "very trustworthy." Forty-two percent of those polled did not trust the news media, with 12 percent finding the news media "not at all trustworthy."

The divide was along party lines with 75 percent of Democrats finding the media "somewhat trustworthy," while just 38 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of independents agreed.

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According to the poll, women trusted the news media more than men, as did younger voters compared with older ones.

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed get most of their news from television, with 32 percent getting it from cable news and 24 percent from traditional news networks. Of the remaining news sources, 25 percent of those polled rely on the Internet for most of their news, with 10 percent relying on print and just seven percent on radio.

In comparison, 40 percent of American adults said that the Internet was the best way to get the news last September during the election. In the same Rasmussen poll, 37 percent considered television to be the best source for news, while nine percent chose radio and seven percent selected print.

According to Rasmussen's latest poll, older voters are more likely to turn to cable news while 50 percent of younger voters under 40 rely on the Internet for their news source.

When asked if "the average media reporter [is] more liberal than you are, more conservative, or about the same as you ideologically?" 41 percent said "more liberal," 18 percent "more conservative" and 26 percent "the same." Fifteen percent were not sure.

The survey also found that Republicans are most likely to get their news from cable news networks, while Democrats are evenly dependent on both cable and broadcast TV sources. Unaffiliated voters are most dependent on the Internet for their primary news source.

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