Does Social Media Impact Our Trust in the News?

As part of my studies at the University of Oklahoma Masters in the Public Administration Program, we were given access to exit poll information from the November 2020 Presidential Election. Coming into December, we can’t officially call the election over, at least until the lawsuits stop, but we can maybe start to examine how we got here. The reality is that faith in mass media has been declining for over 20 years with no real end in sight. The lack of trust impacts our country’s ability to trust other core institutions like our election infrastructure or health and safety programs. Who are the people that mistrust traditional news, and how did they come to be this way?

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