A recent Gallup poll taken to measure Americans’ confidence in the news media reinforced the distrust most people have in the mainstream media – but also gave one surprising result.

Overall, 22% of Americans have a “great deal” or “quite a lot of confidence” in reporting from newspapers, 19% from the Internet and 18% from TV news. When the poll results for newspapers are broken down by political ideology, it confirms the left-leaning bias in this medium.

34% of self-described liberals have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence from newspaper reporting, while only 24% of moderates and 15% of conservatives shared that confidence. This was a 10-year low for moderates and tied for a 10-year low for conservatives. Given the rising popularity and usage of newspapers’ main competition – the Internet – you’d think the confidence level would be higher for online news – but the poll results didn’t confirm this premise.

Gallup Poll chart

While the Internet has seen an increase of website-only news sources that focus on empirical, data-driven analysis, such as Ezra Klein’s Vox website or the re-launch of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight site, it didn’t increase Americans’ confidence in online reporting. Only 22% of liberals and moderates shared a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Internet news, and only 17% of conservatives.

The biggest surprise came from the political breakdown in the TV news results. 21% of moderates expressed a lot of confidence in television news reporting, 19% of conservatives, and the shocker: Only 15% of liberals.

Given the amount of negative news about the Obama Administration the past few years, it’s not totally surprising, but the extremely low number is. For the past few decades, all mainstream media outlets have had an obvious (bordering on blatant) left-leaning bias. It appears this advocacy journalism in lieu of objective reporting has backfired on the American left.

The Gallup poll was based on telephone interviews conducted from June 5-8, 2014, with a random sample of 1,027 adults, aged 18 or over, living in all 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia. Margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4% at the 95% confidence level. 50% of the respondents were contacted through a landline phone and 50% through a cellphone.