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Americans trust media more, and they trust Donald Trump less, new poll finds

Americans trust media more, and they trust Donald Trump less, new poll finds

10/04/2017

By Sally French, MarketWatch

As the public starts to trust media more, Trump's approval ratings dip

There's been a spike in trust of the media, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Tuesday.

The poll, which surveyed 14,300 people in September, found that 48% of Americans have either a "great deal" or "some confidence" in the press, up from 39% last November.

In November 2016, 51% of Americans said they had "hardly any" confidence in the press. That number has since dipped to 45%.

Of the most trusted news sources among Americans, British outlets have topped the list of late. The most trusted news source in the U.S. is the Economist -- a venerable weekly magazine published in the U.K., according to a survey conducted by the University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-are-the-most-and-the-least-trusted-news-sources-in-the-us-2017-08-03). The Wall Street Journal, owned by News Corp. (NWS.AU) , the parent of MarketWatch, was ranked No. 8 among trusted news sources in the U.S.

And as American's confidence in the media rises, their confidence in President Donald Trump falls.

In January, when Trump took office, 52% of Americans had a "great deal" or "some" confidence in the president. That number dipped to 51% by May. In September, it dropped to 48%. In contrast, former President Barack Obama left office with 57% of Americans expressing confidence in his administration.

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