US ranks last in media trust at 29% – among 92,000 news consumers surveyed in 46 countries

In a recent Reuters Institute report, the United States is ranked last in trust of the mainstream media, polling at just 29% nationwide.

The United States ranks last in media trust, polling at around 29%, after 92,000 people were surveyed in 46 countries, a report released Wednesday found. That’s worse than Poland, the Philippines, and Peru. According to the report, Finland is leading the charge in media trust with 65% approval.

The annual digital news report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford additionally found an uptick in media trust in nearly all the countries surveyed. The United States, however, did not see the same uptick, where the low rating was flat year to year. It is likely that the lack of media trust in the United States could be due to the controversy and dishonesty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporters at seem to think this might be the case, citing, “One explanation, though not necessarily the only one, is the extreme political polarization in the U.S. This study, like many others, found extremely high levels of distrust — 75% of those who identify as being on the right thought coverage of their views is unfair.”



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Ethan Finn lives just outside of Sacramento in California. He was involved in Boy Scouts for most of his life and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January of 2019. A passion for politics prompted him and his friend to start an Instagram page all about politics during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—@conservative.outlet. Ethan finds it fascinating to be a part of the journalistic side of news as opposed to always being just a reader.

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