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  • Americans’ overall trust in the media has declined since last year and is plummeting among self-identified Republicans, according to a new survey from Morning Consult and The Hollywood Reporter.
  • The share of self-identified Republicans who find nine leading news outlets to be credible decreased by 12 percentage points, from 56% to 44%, since 2016.
  • CBS was perceived as credible by a high percentage of American adults, Democrats found ABC to be the most credible, and Fox News was the most credible among Republicans.
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Americans’ overall trust in the media has declined since last year and is plummeting among self-identified Republicans, according to a new survey from Morning Consult and The Hollywood Reporter.

The survey, conducted among more than 2,000 American adults from March 28 to April 2 of this year, comes as President Donald Trump is ramping up the critical rhetoric about the press that he’s used throughout his presidency.

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Morning Consult said Trump has complained about “fake news” on Twitter 400 times since November 2016 and numerous other times during public appearances.

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The survey asked respondents whether they believed the leading broadcasters CBS, ABC, and NBC; the cable news channels MSNBC, CNN, and Fox; the print outlets The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal; and National Public Radio (NPR) are credible.

While trust in the media has declined among all groups, the researchers said Trump’s comments seem to be having the most significant influence on media credibility among Republicans, with the share of self-identified Republicans who find those nine news outlets credible decreasing 12 percentage points, from 56% to 44%, since 2016.

The survey also found that CNN and The New York Times – two of the outlets Trump attacks most frequently – have experienced the biggest drop in credibility among Republicans, falling by nearly 20 percentage points since 2016.

Among all adult Americans surveyed:

  • On average, 55% of adults found the nine outlets in the survey credible.
  • 63% of adults said CBS is credible.
  • 61% of adults said NBC is credible.
  • 60% of adults said ABC is credible.
  • 59% of adults said The Wall Street Journal is credible.
  • 53% of adults said CNN is credible, the same percentage as The New York Times.
  • 51% of adults said Fox News is credible.
  • 49% of adults said NPR is credible.
  • 48% of adults said MSNBC is credible.

Among Democrats:

  • On average, 69% of Democrats surveyed found the nine outlets in the survey credible.
  • 81% of Democrats said ABC is credible.
  • 80% of Democrats said NBC is credible.
  • 79% of Democrats said CBS is credible.
  • 74% of Democrats said CNN is credible.
  • 72% of Democrats said The New York Times is credible.
  • 67% of Democrats said MSNBC is credible, down from 75% in 2018.
  • 65% of Democrats said The Wall Street Journal is credible.
  • 60% of Democrats said NPR is credible.
  • 42% of Democrats said Fox News is credible.

Among Republicans:

  • On average, 44% of Republicans surveyed found the nine outlets in the survey credible.
  • 70% of Republicans said Fox News is credible.
  • 50% of Republicans said The Wall Street Journal is credible.
  • 50% of Republicans also said CBS is credible.
  • 48% of Republicans said ABC is credible.
  • 45% of Republicans said NBC is credible.
  • 40% of Republicans said NPR is credible.
  • 32% of Republicans said The New York Times and CNN are credible.
  • 31% of Republicans said MSNBC is credible.

Read the full Morning Consult report