Americans’ confidence in TV news at a new low

The Gallup Poll reports that only 21% of adults have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in television news — a drop from 27% last year and from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in TV news in 1993.

Today’s report says:

It is not clear precisely why Americans soured so much on television news this year compared with last. Americans’ negativity likely reflects the continuation of a broader trend that appeared to enjoy only a brief respite last year. Americans have grown more negative about the media in recent years, as they have about many other U.S. institutions and the direction of the country in general.

Still, confidence in television news could plummet further after the high-profile errors CNN and Fox News made in their coverage of the intensely anticipated Supreme Court healthcare law ruling that some have called a “Dewey defeats Truman” moment.

Newspapers do slightly better than TV in the confidence survey, although papers slipped too — from 25% expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in them this year versus 28% last year. In 1979, 51% expressed confidence in newspapers.

* American’s confidence in TV news drops to new low in 2012 survey (
* 2011: Americans regain confidence in TV news, newspapers (
* 2010: Confidence in TV news, newspapers remains a rarity (