The media limps in dead last among institutions younger voters trust to "do the right thing," according to a new and massive Harvard University survey.

In the school's Institute of Politics poll of over 3,000 18-29-year-olds, a tiny 12 percent said they believe the do the right thing. A whopping 88 percent said "sometimes" or "never." Just 2 percent said they trusted the media to do the right thing "all of the time," and 39 percent said "never."

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The poll is the latest nail in the media's coffin, a downward spiral that has resulted in fewer younger Americans reading traditional media and especially traditional platforms such as newspapers and magazines.

 

 

And for the industry, it could be even worse, coming in behind perennial last place finisher Congress, Wall Street and the federal government.

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Topping the trust list were "scientists," the military and local police.

The results, best to worst:

Q - How often do you trust each of them to do the right thing?

1 - Scientists

-- All/Most 56%

-- Sometimes/Never 44%

2 - The United States military

-- All/Most 53%

-- Sometimes/Never 46%

3 - Your local police department

-- All/Most 49%

-- Sometimes/Never 50%

4 - Supreme Court

-- All/Most 42%

-- Sometimes/Never 58%

5 - United Nations

-- All/Most 37%

-- Sometimes/Never 62%

6 - President Obama

-- All/Most 36%

-- Sometimes/Never 63%

7 - Your local government

-- All/Most 33%

-- Sometimes/Never 67%

8 - Your state government

-- All/Most 30%

-- Sometimes/Never 69%

9 - Federal government

-- All/Most 26%

-- Sometimes/Never 74%

10 - Congress

-- All/Most 18%

-- Sometimes/Never 82%

11 - Wall Street

-- All/Most 14%

-- Sometimes/Never 86%

12 - The media

-- All/Most 12%

-- Sometimes/Never 88%

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Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

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