Nearly 80 percent of Americans lack confidence in television news, a historic low, according to a new Gallup poll.
Just 21 percent of adults expressed a great deal of confidence in T.V. news, a six-point drop from last year, and 25 points lower than in 1993, when Gallup first started asking the question.
Among 16 U.S. institutions tested, television news ranks 11th, following newspapers in 10th place. The 25% of adults who express a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers is down slightly from 28% last year. Confidence in newspapers is now half of what it was at its peak of 51% in 1979.