Internet Rates above TV and Radio News – Poll

Do not trust what you read on the net? That’s no longer the dominant sentiment in the US, according to a new poll by Zogby International. A survey of more than 3000 people performed in the two day after the US presidential election found that 37.6 per cent of respondents considered the internet the most reliable source of news, 20.3 per cent considered the TV news most reliable, while 16 per cent thought the radio most reliable, reports ReadWriteWeb.

The survey found that most people find all the news biased in some way, and there were a number of other interesting findings. It’s quite striking, though, that we are now in a point in History where the internet is trusted more than TV and Radio. Other results of interest includes: 72.6 per cent believe the news they read and see is biased. 88.7 per cent Republicans and 57.5 per cent Democrat respondents describe the news media as biased. Hence, we consider that the Republicans/Democrats split represent sour grape more than anything else – 39.3 per cent of those survey trust Fox News most for issues that they consider very important, followed by CNN with 16 per cent and MSNBC with 15 per cent.

The survey was commissioned by the Independent Film Channel for the IFC Media Project. The full details are to be found on the IFC site.