Saturday, September 22, 2012
Gallup: Only 8% of Americans Have 'Great Deal' of Trust in News Media--a New Low
Only 8 percent of Americans say they have a "great deal" of trust in the news media, according to a new Gallup poll. That is down from 11 percent a year ago and is a record low for the 40 years that Gallup has been polling on the question. See Gallup's analysis of the survey here. Since 1972, Gallup has periodically asked respondents: “In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media--such as newspapers, T.V. and radio--when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly--a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all? To Read More....
My Take - What does this all really mean? As of July of 20111 th population of the United States was reported to be 311, 591, 917. If 8% trust the mass media that means we have 24,927,353 really stupid people in the United States. If another 32% trust the mass media a “fair amount’ that means we have 99,709,413.44 that would like to be really stupid but lack the courage to be either smart or stupid.
That leaves 39 percent, or 121,520,847.63 people who don’t trust the mass media “very much” and are smart enough to see reality clearly but are still building enough courage to become one of the 21 percent representing the truly intelligent and courageous 65,434,302.57 members of society who are generally distrustful of the media.
That means we have 124,636,766.79 really stupid or cowardly people versus 186,955,150.20 who are neither stupid or cowardly. That is an encouraging step in the right direction…..don’t you think?