Hey! 27% say journalists contribute little or nothing to society

Hey! 27% say journalists contribute little or nothing to society

The latest numbers from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life find that the military are still highly esteemed by the American public. More than three-quarters of U.S. adults (78 percent) agreed that employees of the armed services contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. That’s a modest decline from 84 percent years ago,

Not so for journalists.  About as many U.S. adults now say journalists contribute “not very much” or “nothing at all” to society (27 percent) as say they contribute a lot (28 percent). Compared with the ratings four years ago, journalists have dropped the most in public esteem:

The share of the public saying that journalists contribute a lot to society is down 10 percentage points, from 38 percent in 2009 to 28 percent in 2013.  The drop is particularly pronounced among women (down 17 points)…

The decline in public views about journalists’ contribution to society since 2009 is more pronounced among women than men. Roughly three-in-ten women (29%) say journalists contribute a lot to society’s well-being, down 17 percentage points from 46% in 2009. Men’s views on this are about the same today as they were in 2009.

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