Silicon Valley: Four years after the Iraq war, most Americans say they have little or no confidence in the information they get either from the military or the media about how things are going on the ground in the war-ravaged country.
According to the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 46% say they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence that the US military is giving the public an accurate picture of the situation while only 38% are confident in the press’ portrayal of the war.
Public confidence in both institutions is much lower now than at the outset of the war. In March 2003—in the first week of the US troop deployment in Iraq—about 85% said they had at least a fair amount of confidence in military information. Nearly 81% were confident that the press was giving an accurate picture of the war.
The public’s response to both military and press coverage of the first Gulf War in 1991 was similarly favourable.
On the negative side, 21% now say they have no confidence in military reports, while 27% have no confidence in press reports on the war.