The two-year long slide in trust in most of Australia's media outlets has halted, with trust flat or rebounding slightly for many outlets, Essential Research polling has found.

With Australia's newspaper market in turmoil, voters with "some" or "a lot" of trust in daily newspapers has rebounded six points to 52% from December last year, back to about where it was in July 2011, although well down on the 62% of March 2010. Trust in local newspapers has increased four points since November, to 56%, making newspapers the most trusted form of commercial media.