Only 11 percent of U.S. adults self-identifying as Republicans in 2021 said they trusted mass media - including newspapers, TV news and radio - a “great deal” or “a fair amount,” compared to 68 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of independents. The partisan gap in media trust has widened in recent years, primarily due to plummeting trust among Republicans after the election of President Donald Trump.

Source: Megan Brenan, “Americans' Trust in Media Dips to Second Lowest on Record,” Gallup, Oct. 7, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/y8dmbcnb

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Percentage Share of Democrats Percentage Share of Republicans Percentage Share of Independents
1997 64% 41% 41%
2003 66% 44% 53%
2005 70% 31% 49%
2007 66% 33% 41%
2009 58% 36% 39%
2012 58% 26% 31%
2015 55% 32% 30%
2016 51% 14% 32%
2017 72% 14% 37%
2018 76% 21% 42%
2019 69% 15% 36%
2020 73% 10% 36%
2021 68% 11% 31%

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