Based on a Gallup survey conducted Sept. 6-9, 2012, Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year. According to the survey, 60 percent of people said that they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.
The informational can be significantly trusted being that data comes from an official Gallup poll. Results were calculated from a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Having conducted a probability sample, that data collected was able to be generalized to the entire U.S. population. To better ensure the validity of the poll, Gallup was able to give a 95% confidence level that the margin of error is ±4 percentage points.
Not only does this survey provide useful information to make conclusions about media trust today, but the article was also able to compare the recent data collected to data beginning from 1998.