NPR Poll: Trust in Media, Congress Down; Civility on the Decline

New poll says most Americans don't trust polls

NPR Poll: Trust in Media, Congress Down; Civility on the Decline

A new opinion poll shows that half of all Americans have more trust in the CNN news outlet than President Donald Trump, as tensions escalate between the U.S. administration and the media.

These numbers from the new poll are comparable to other polling done on Americans' trust in institutions.

According to the results of a new NPR/ PBS NewsHour/ Marist poll (.pdf) released earlier this week, 77 percent of Americans correctly cited Great Britain as the nation from which the United States declared independence.

According to Axios, SurveyMonkey pollster Jon Cohen believes the contentious nature of the feud between Trump and the media has helped turned this poll question into just another partisan issue.

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Six percent of them have a great deal of trust in the Congress, 23 percent say they have a good amount of trust in it, 46 percent not very much and 22 percent not at all.

The poll was taken just before CNN was forced to retract a story on Russian ties to Trump, and before Trump went on a tweetstorm against the network that culminated in a doctored WWE video from a decade ago showing Trump taking down CNN.

Fully five percent more of the American public, however, says they do not trust the media at all than they did in March, expanding from 32 to 37 percent of adults. Against ABC/CBS/NBC, the difference was even higher at 11 percent in favor of the three broadcast networks, Axios reported. Sixty-nine percent correctly listed 1776, but nineteen percent said they were unsure and eleven percent named a different year.

However, Republicans alone showed a similar trust in Trump when compared to those news channels. The figure for Trump was 61 percent.

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Opinion seems to be more closely split on whether there is trust that elections are fair, with 50 percent saying that they do and 47 percent saying they are not. Thirty-four percent called them "mean", while 26 percent thought they were "entertaining".

The poll was conducted among 1,205 respondents between June 21 and June 25.

And few people have a high level of trust in numerous institutions that are the backbone of American democracy.

While 77 percent of the people surveyed correctly named Great Britain when asked which country the United States won its independence from, 23 percent - almost a quarter of the population - named the wrong country or weren't sure, a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found.

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