March 13, 2006

Newspaper Believability Over Time

4 (Believe) 3 2 1 (Cannot Believe) Can’t Rate
Jun 1985 28 52 13 2 5
Aug 1989 26 41 24 7 2
Feb 1993 22 41 25 8 4
Apr 1996 24 37 26 8 5
May 1998 27 36 24 7 6
May 2000 23 38 24 8 7
May 2003 20 39 25 9 7
May 2004 17 33 30 12 8

Americans have gradually come to consider newspapers less believable since the 1980s.