Polls Suggest that United States Citizens Mistrust their News

Story by Lacy Jamison

A recent poll suggests that the majority of United States citizens do not trust the news they receive and believe that most of the stories news organizations report are often inaccurate.

The Pew Research Center published a poll on Sept. 22 that determined whether Americans trust their news and how much they believe politics can affect it. The poll claims that 66 percent of Independents say the stories they read are inaccurate, 64 percent of Democrats say the stories they read are inaccurate and 69 percent of Republicans say the stories they read are inaccurate.
In general, only about 25 percent of those who were surveyed believe that news organizations get the facts straight.
“I feel like people say what we want to hear. I also feel like it’s not 100 percent the truth. I always take it [news] with a grain of salt and pick apart what it’s saying,” said Junaid Sial, a sophomore at the University of Utah.
Only when the survey participants were asked whether the news they use personally seems to get the facts straight, did 62 percent of them respond with a positive confirmation.
“A lot of times I read things from my phone applications. I like to read CNN, BBC and MTV. I don’t think they are always accurate though,” said Nicole Procida, a sophomore at the University of Utah.
The poll also suggests that people tend to trust their local news organizations more than their national news organizations. About 69 percent of the survey participants trust their news a lot, versus the 59 percent who trust their national news organizations.
“I read the local newspapers because I feel they reflect the most truth in what is happening in my nearby community,” said Anna Chuprova, a freshman at the University of Utah.
This survey was conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Most of the data in the report is from telephone interviews that were conducted from July 20-24, 2011. About 1,501 adults 18 years of age or older, who were living in the United States, were randomly selected. (347)