According to data released by Reuters / Ipos, the public is placing more trust in the news media, while also increasingly distrusting the administration of President Donald Trump.
The poll found that 48 percent of adults say they have either a “great deal” or “some confidence” in the press, an 11-point increase since November 2016. Additionally, 45 percent say they have “hardly any” confidence in the press, measurably down six percent from a similar study in January.
“What you’re seeing now is a gradual recognition of the importance of the press,” said Martha Kumar, a political scientist at Towson University and director of the White House Transition Project.
Simultaneously, public confidence in President Trump has been declining across partisan lines since taking over the White House this year. Forty-eight percent of adults say they have a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the Trump administration, down from 52 percent in January. Republicans’ trust in the president has decreased six percent since January, and three percent among Democrats.
The Reuters / Ipsos opinion poll surveyed 14,328 adults from August 24 through September 5th. This survey is the third so far this year on confidence in major public institutions.