Americans are split on whether to trust news media with information regarding the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new poll.
As Statista's Willem Roper notes, a joint poll conducted by NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist, shows that 47 percent of U.S. adults responded by saying "not very much" or "not at all" when asked how much they trusted news media with coronavirus information. (Since it comes from far left NPR, in reality it's likely to be much higher.)
This poll also included questions asking how much Americans trusted public health experts, with 13 percent saying they had little to no trust.
Unsurprisingly, Americans views on the news media were split along partisan lines. For Democrats, only 33 percent said they had little to no trust in the news media.
Republicans, however, responded at a substantial 60 percent on their lack of confidence in the news media handling coronavirus information (IT SHOULD BE 100%). Independents were equally high in their skepticism at 47 percent.
Democrats and Republicans have been pointing fingers at news organizations since the coronavirus outbreak began to reach the U.S. Many Republicans believe liberal-leaning news outlets are blowing the outbreak out of proportion to damage the presidency and economy, while some Democrats believed conservative-leaning outlets were endangering American lives by not taking the outbreak seriously enough.