According to recent poll results, some Trump supporters see little difference between respected news outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post and Alex Jones’ conspiracy website Infowars, and many are more likely to take a neutral stance toward Infowars than the Times.
Newsweek reported that a YouGov/Economist poll released this week asked, "How trustworthy do you rate the following news organizations?"
Fifteen percent of Trump voters found Infowars trustworthy to some degree—4 percent "very trustworthy" and 11 percent "trustworthy." Fifteen percent of Trump voters deemed The New York Times trustworthy to some degree—5 percent "very trustworthy" and 10 percent "trustworthy"—while 15 percent viewed The Washington Post trustworthy to some degree (5 percent "very trustworthy" and 10 percent "trustworthy").
Further, Trump voters were far more likely to be neutral about Infowars. Fifty-two percent of Trump voters deemed Infowars "neither trustworthy nor untrustworthy," while 32 percent felt it was untrustworthy to some degree, according to YouGov/The Economist.
As for the Times, only 16 percent found the publication “neither trustworthy nor untrustworthy”, but a full 69 percent see it as untrustworthy to some degree.
The Post scored similar results:
Twenty-one percent of Trump voters felt the paper was "neither trustworthy nor untrustworthy," while 64 percent viewed it as untrustworthy to some degree.
And other mainstream media outlets fared about the same as well:
Many other outlets received similar results from folks who voted for Trump—just 11 percent viewed CNN as trustworthy to some degree, 16 percent for NBC, 18 percent for CBS. Americans overall, however, largely trusted major outlets over Infowars. Forty-one percent of Americans viewed the Times as trustworthy—41 percent for the Post. Just 12 percent of Americans overall viewed Infowars as trustworthy.
The poll from YouGov/The Economist surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults from February 10 through February 12. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.