A large-scale research study released last week by the Knight Foundation and Gallup found that trust in the national news media hit a new low in 2020, with only 26 percent having a favorable opinion and over 75 percent believing that national news did not act in the public’s best interest.
But trust in local news remains higher than in national news, with over half of Americans saying most local news organizations do care about their readers’ best interests and do not try to mislead them.
The results are based on a Gallup study of 5,593 Americans ages 18 and older conducted between May 31 and July 21, 2022.
Overall, however, engagement in local news is down, with the survey finding only 32% of Americans said they pay a great deal of attention to local news compared with 56% in early 2020.
The report concluded that emotions played a large part in the distrust at the national level.
Over half of the respondents said they got most of their news online. Among members of Gen Z (ages 18 to 25), 88% said they got their news online.