Overall Trust in News Media (2017)
Source: Newman, Nic, Richard Fletcher, Antonis Kalogeropoulos, David A. L. Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. "Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017," Reuters Institute, 2017
Reference year: 2017
Geographical area: Global
Method: Survey (N = 71805)
Link to original document: reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk
The chart presents the level of trust in the news media across countries, as shown by the Reuters Institute report. The research suggests that the vast majority of news people consume still comes from mainstream media and that most of the reasons for distrust also relate to mainstream media. The results show that highest trust is found in affluent Northern European and Scandinavian countries as well as Portugal and Brazil, while Central, Southern, and Eastern European countries tend to be at the other end of the scale, along with some Asian countries where media are considered to be too close to government. In Greece and South Korea less than a quarter of respondents (23%) agreed that you could trust the news most of the time. The results are based on answers to the the survey question "Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements. - I think you can trust most news most of the time/I think I can trust most of the news I consume most of the time"