Americans’ trust in the media has been on a steady decline for nearly the last two decades, and remains at a historical, all-time low, according to a Gallup poll.

Currently, four in 10 Americans say that they have “a great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in mass media to report the news accurately. The number ties the amount of trust Americans had for media in 2012 and 2014. Trust began declining in 1999 when 55 percent of Americans trusted the media.

galluptrustPeople 18 – 49 years old trust the mainstream media less than older Americans, about 36 percent compared to 45 percent, respectively. When examining party affiliation, more Democrats (55 percent) tend to be trusting of the media than those who identify as Republican (32 percent). Republicans are a fearful, skittish bunch in the first place.   

Despite Democrats’ higher trust compared to Republicans, overall trust in the media has declined. In 2005, 70 percent of Democrats trusted the media. 

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced