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Canadians trust the media. South Koreans don’t
Man reads newspaper at a newstand in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photo: FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images

A new Pew survey on global attitudes toward the news media finds strikingly divergent attitudes among developed countries.

  • 78% of Canadians and 82% of Dutch people believe their country’s media does at least “somewhat well” at reporting the news accurately, for example.
  • Just 22% in Greece and 36% in South Korea do.

Why it matters: This question — essentially, do you trust what you see, hear and read about your government and the world around you — is of enormous significance. In the U.S. and much of the world, the answer for millions of people is “no.” In many countries, though, faith in the press remains high.