Nearly nine in ten Republican and Republican leaning U.S. adults believe that made-up news is a very big or moderately big issue facing the country, a response that fell along partisan lines. By comparison, Pew
found that only about three-quarters of Democrats and Democratic leaning adults believed that made-up news is a very big or moderately big issue.
Generally, U.S. adults were more likely to say that made-up news/information was a bigger problem than climate change, racism, terrorism, or sexism. Adults between the age of 18 and 29-year-olds were, overall, less concerned about fake news, less likely to blame journalists, and more likely to have taken steps to minimize their exposure than older cohorts of U.S. respondents.
, a commonly used synonym for made-up news, is often utilized by the president
to discredit and bash his critics, which could explain the stark partisan divide, represented in the chart below.