[Numbers] Less than one in 3 French people totally trust the media

by bold-lichterman

  • 30% of the French interviewed as part of the study declared trust the media completely.
  • France ranks 32nd out of 36 countries analyzed, behind the United States (ranked 28th with a rate of 38%) and the United Kingdom (ranked 17th with a rate of 43%).
  • 29% of French people questioned go as far as voluntarily avoid inquiring.

Individuals’ confidence in the media has been undermined for several months. Fake news, political influences, so many elements that cast doubt on the impartiality of the news deciphered by the media. Some countries are particularly affected by this distrust of information, such as France, where 30% of people say they really trust the media, according to the 2017 edition of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report.

This score ranks France 32nd out of the 36 countries analyzed for the study, behind the United States, where 38% of individuals trust the media. In the United Kingdom, this proportion rises to 43%, which allows the country to rank in the middle of the table (17th). Note, barely 6 countries exceed the symbolic 50% mark: Finland (62%), Brazil (60%), Portugal (58%), Poland (53%), the Netherlands and Spain (51%).


Another striking finding of the study is that a certain part of the population questioned voluntarily declared that they did not seek information. 57% of respondents from Turkey and Greece are in this case, as are 38% of Americans and 29% of French.

Among the reasons given to justify this refusal to consult news, the negative impact that the latter have on mood comes first, cited by 48% of respondents. Mistrust of information, and the fact of not being able to be sure of its accuracy comes in second place, cited by 37% of respondents. Finally, 28% of respondents feel too powerless in the face of news.

** Study carried out on more than 72,000 people from 36 countries around the world.

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