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Americans' trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four points to 36% since last year, making it the second-lowest reading in Gallup's trend.

In June 1971, after The New York Times published excerpts from a classified report on the Vietnam War, the so-called Pentagon Papers, the majority of Americans familiar with the articles approved of them.

A steady 40% of Americans say they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust in the mass media when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly.

Americans' focus on national politics is on the rise this year. Democrats and older Americans are particularly likely to report following national political news "very closely."

About one-quarter of Americans say the presidential COVID-19 briefings are a "major" source of information.

Americans are paying more attention to the news. Partisanship, not news diet, drives misperceptions of the coronavirus' lethality.

A solid majority of Americans do not want political campaigns to be able to micro-target them through digital ads.

The public's trust in journalists varies significantly across 144 countries and territories surveyed in 2018 and is linked to political polarization.