Trusting the Media
The majority (72%) of the public does not trust Greek television: specifically, 36.5% of the sample responded that they trust it “only a little” and 35.5% “not at all”. 21.5% respond that they trust it “fairly much”, while 5.5% say they trust it very much or completely.
It is characteristic that the sample diversifies when the degree of trust in television is studied in relation to individual characteristics of the respondents: when it comes to the 17-34 age group, the percentage stating they do not trust television increases to 84%, while the corresponding percentages in the age groups 35-54 and 55 and over are 73% and 62% respectively. Distrust in television rises to 75% and 77% for university graduates and postgraduates respectively, while the corresponding percentage is 66.5% for those with secondary or lower level of education.
The degree of trust in Greek television also seems to vary according to the political self-identification of the sample on the Left-Right political spectrum: 89.5% and 82% of those who state that they are politically positioned on the Left and Center-Left respectively, say that they do not trust television, while the corresponding percentage is 58% and 51% in the case of those who state that they are politically positioned on the Right and Center-Right respectively. In fact, even those who say that the Left-Right political spectrum does not represent them express distrust in television by 76.5%.
One in two respondents say they do not trust websites for obtaining news, with 36.5% showing little trust and 13.5% “not at all". 36% say they trust them "fairly much", while 7.5% show a lot or complete trust. When the analysis is broken down by age group of respondents, younger people (the 17-34 age group) appear to be comparatively more skeptical, as they answer that they trust websites “only a little” or “not at all” by 70.5%, while the corresponding percentage decreases to 63.5% for the 35-54 age group and “drops” to 52.5% for those aged 55 and over. Those who declare that they are politically positioned on the Left and the Center-Left express distrust towards websites by 78% and 69.5% respectively, while the corresponding percentages “drop” to 49% and 41% for those who identify themselves politically on the Right and the Center-Right respectively.