An extensive new Pew Research Center survey has found that 65 percent of Americans think that the news media “has a negative effect on the way things are going in the country,” the worst ranking among the 10 nongovernmental institutions covered in the survey.
The negative opinions of the news media weren’t relegated to Republicans—of whom only 17 percent viewed the media as having a positive impact—but Democrats also weren’t overly keen on the media, with just 33 percent saying they had a positive impact on the way things were going in the country.
Hollywood wasn’t far behind, with 56 percent of respondents saying the entertainment industry has a negative effect on America.
Not surprisingly, Congress finished at the top of the overall list with a 75 percent negative-effect rating, followed closely by the federal government at 67 percent.
The findings track with recent surveys that show the public’s trust in the media is at an all-time low and trending downward.