Handelsblatt/YouGov Survey

In Media We Trust, Say Germans

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Trust in the media plays a critical role in the democratic process. The higher approval ratings of Germany’s news organizations could be a lesson for others.

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    Facts

    • More than 50 percent of Germans polled say they trust television and newspaper outlets, while a plurality – 48 percent – trust online news, according to YouGov’s latest poll for Handelsblatt Global.
    • In Britain by contrast, television has the confidence of 61 percent but newspapers are trusted by just 25 percent of those polled.
    • France and the United States are the opposite, with more people trusting newspapers (53 percent and 55 percent respectively) than television news.
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60 Jahre Presserat – Tageszeitungen
Germans have more trust than most in their news sources. Source: Jens Kalaene/dpa

Much has been made of the media’s role during a testy political season in the western world over the past year – and not just because of a series of “fake news” articles and websites that popped up during the U.S. elections. Trust in traditional media has also fallen to record lows.

Yet a new survey by the online polling firm YouGov finds that faith in news organizations is holding up in Germany –  which faces its own federal elections this fall – better than most.

Most Germans continue to trust all three major forms of journalism – television, print and online sources – according to the survey, which polled 1,000 people in each of seven European countries and the United States. More than 60 percent approve of television news and more than 50 percent trust newspapers. The only other countries with that kind of blanket trust across media outlets were the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Finland and Norway.

By contrast, countries like France, Britain and the United States each have their favorites. The French and Americans have more faith in newspapers but less in television. The British are the opposite, while all three tend to distrust online news sources.

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