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.