One in Every Ten Young Adults Calls Stewart, Colbert Most Trusted News Source. This is just beyond scary. These are voters.
More than one in ten (11 percent) young adults (ages 18-29) say they trust “The Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report” the most to provide them with accurate information about politics and current events—an amount nearly double that of Americans overall (6 percent). More young adults trust Stewart or Colbert’s shows than public television (8 percent) or MSNBC (5 percent); the shows ranked fourth in trustworthiness behind CNN (24 percent), broadcast network news programs (19 percent), and Fox News (19 percent).
Young adults are more likely than any other age group to place the most trust in Stewart or Colbert—just 6 percent of Americans ages 30-49, four percent of 50-64 year olds, and one percent of Americans 65 and older report turning to these programs for the most accurate news.