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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Poll: Confidence in TV news at all-time low

Americans' confidence in television news has hit an all-time low, according to a new survey by Gallup.

Twenty-one percent of the 1,004 adults polled 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.

Meanwhile, just 25 percent of those polled expressed confidence in newspapers, the second-lowest rating since 1973 and less than half of the 51-percent peak in 1979.

Of 16 U.S. institutions tested -- including the police, the church, the Supreme Court, banks, and big business -- newspapers ranked tenth, television news eleventh. (The military is the most trusted institution, with a 75 percent confidence rating; Congress is the least trusted institution, with a 13 percent confidence rating).  (Continues)

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