Aug. 16, 2012

Further Decline in Credibility Ratings for Most News Organizations

For the second time in a decade, the believability ratings for major news organizations have suffered broad-based declines. In the new survey, positive believability ratings have fallen significantly for nine of 13 news organizations tested. This follows a similar downturn in positive believability ratings that occurred between 2002 and 2004. The falloff in credibility […]

Sep. 12, 2010

Section 4: Who is Listening, Watching, Reading – and Why

Not all Americans are looking for the same things when they turn to the news. With the wide array of news sources now available, the regular audiences for various news outlets offer differing top reasons why those sources appeal to them. Regular CNN viewers, for example, overwhelmingly say they turn to CNN for the latest […]

Sep. 12, 2010

Section 5: News Media Credibility

The public continues to take a skeptical view of reporting from the major news outlets. No more than a third says they can believe all or most of the reporting by 14 major news organizations. There has been little change in public views of media credibility since 2008. Since the late 1990’s, however, there has […]

Sep. 12, 2010

Section 3: News Attitudes and Habits

Most Americans say they enjoy keeping up with the news, but the proportion saying they enjoy following the news a lot has declined. Currently 45% say they enjoy following the news a lot, while 36% say they enjoy this a little and 18% say not much or not at all. In each of the past […]

Aug. 17, 2008

Media Credibility

The public continues to express skepticism about what they see, hear and read in the media. No major news outlet – whether broadcast or cable, print or online – stands out as particularly credible. There has been little change in public perceptions of the credibility of most major news organizations between 2006 and 2008. Over […]

Aug. 9, 2007

Internet News Audience Highly Critical of News Organizations

Summary of Findings The American public continues to fault news organizations for a number of perceived failures, with solid majorities criticizing them for political bias, inaccuracy and failing to acknowledge mistakes. But some of the harshest indictments of the press now come from the growing segment that relies on the internet as its main source […]

Jul. 30, 2006

Section 5: Media Credibility

No Outlet Stands Out as Most Reliable Since the mid-1980s, Americans have become increasingly skeptical of what they see, hear, and read in the media, and almost no major news outlet has escaped this trend. For many media outlets there has been little change in public evaluations in the last four years, but ratings for […]

Jun. 26, 2005

Public More Critical of Press, But Goodwill Persists

Summary of Findings Public attitudes toward the press, which have been on a downward track for years, have become more negative in several key areas. Growing numbers of people question the news media’s patriotism and fairness. Perceptions of political bias also have risen over the past two years. Yet despite these criticisms, most Americans continue […]

Jun. 26, 2005

Commentary: The Public’s Complicated Views of Press Point to Solutions

Tom Rosenstiel, Director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism Bill Kovach, Chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists After another mean season for the press ­ with scandals involving inaccuracies and plagiarism ­ what should we make of the latest survey data about the news media? By many measures, the public’s view of the […]

Jan. 25, 2005

The Media: More Voices, Less Credibility

A review of Pew Research Center for the People & the Press findings

Jun. 8, 2004

News Audiences Increasingly Politicized

Despite tumultuous events abroad, the public’s news habits have been relatively stable over the past two years. Yet modest growth has continued in two important areas online news and cable news. Regarding the latter, the expanding audience for the Fox News Channel stands out. Since 2000, the number of Americans who regularly watch Fox […]

Jun. 8, 2004

V. Media Credibility Declines

Credibility ratings for the major broadcast and cable television outlets have fallen somewhat in recent years, due in large part to increased cynicism toward the media on the part of Republicans and conservatives. CNN no longer enjoys the top spot as the most credible TV news source; it is now in a statistical tie with […]

Jan. 29, 2004

A Year of Contention at Home and Abroad

2003 Year-end Report

Apr. 9, 2003

War Coverage Praised, But Public Hungry for Other News

Summary of Findings The public is paying close attention to the war and continues to give news organizations high marks for their coverage. But a sizable minority of Americans (39%) feel the news media is focusing too heavily on the war, and significant numbers believe the media is undercovering other major stories like the tax […]

Aug. 4, 2002

Other Important Findings and Analysis

A Boost for the Watchdog Role Though the public has much lower regard for the media’s values, most Americans continue to favor the watchdog role performed by news organizations. If anything, there is greater support now than in November, when the media’s overall image was much more favorable. Six-in-ten Americans (59%) say press criticism keeps […]

Mar. 1, 2002

Listen Up, Bias Mongers!

by Andrew Kohut for Columbia Journalism Review

Nov. 28, 2001

Public Views of Terrorism Coverage

From the beginning of the crisis, the public has given the press high marks for its coverage of the attacks and the war against terrorism. In the current survey, better than three-quarters of Americans (77%) say coverage has been good or excellent, which is on par with the positive rating the public gave the press […]

Jun. 11, 2000

Section V: Media Credibility

While television news viewership has fallen off in recent years, credibility ratings for the major TV news outlets have remained relatively stable. As was the case in 1998 and 1996, CNN is rated the most believable TV news source. Roughly four-in-ten Americans who are able to rate it (39%) say they can believe all or […]

Jan. 14, 1999

Section II – Online News Consumption

The number of Americans who go online to get news has tripled in the last three years. In 1995, just 4% of Americans went online for news at least once a week. Now, anywhere from 15% to 26% go online for news on a weekly basis, according to recent Pew Research Center surveys. This range […]

Jun. 8, 1998

Section 4: News Media Credibility

Public displeasure with the national news media is clear, but this sentiment has not eroded the credibility of major news organizations. While public evaluations of most news organizations’ credibility are lower than they were in the mid-1980s, the basic believability ratings have not changed since the Center’s last survey in 1996. The words people choose […]