A new study shows people are losing trust in the news media

The media has a great influence on any society. While some people may trust the content being shown in the media, others may try to avoid it. In a recent survey conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Reuters, the digital news report showed that the United States hosts the lowest faith in the media.

As compared to the U.S., Finland is at the top, with the highest trust ratio. Almost sixty-nine percent of the respondents from Finland showed faith in their media, whereas the U.S. witnessed a 3% drop and now stands at twenty-six percent.

Even in terms of news interest, the United States has experienced a 20% decline since 2015 and now stands at 47%. However, the United Kingdom left everyone behind in this case as it dropped from seventy percent in 2015 to around forty-three percent in January 2022.

The report also showed that out of 2036 participants from the U.S., almost forty-two percent of them would keep themselves away from the news media. These numbers went up by 4% since 2017 and covered the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Donald Trump’s government.

Meanwhile, Brazil topped the chart with fifty-four percent of the respondents trying to stay away from the news. As compared to the statistics from 2017, the percentage doubled in 2022.

As highlighted by Reuters, there could be many possible reasons behind news avoidance. Almost sixty-five percent of the right-wing in the United States doesn’t trust news, whereas, for the left-wing, the numbers are only twenty percent. The difference between the views is also visible based on age. Older respondents believe that a journalist should only be responsible for delivering news and it should not be mixed with their own opinion.

On the other hand, the young readers showed themselves to be more open-minded as they believed a news journalist could deliver news along with their own opinion.

In terms of percentage evaluation, fifty-seven percent of the respondents above 55 years of age, wanted journalists to not mix their views along with the news. While forty-six percent of the young readers between the age of 18-34, wanted the news to be shared with the views of the reporter.

When it comes to subscribing to online services for news, Norway took the lead with forty-one percent of the survey participants subscribed to online services whereas, in the United Kingdom, only nine percent had subscriptions.

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