Trust in news in India by political ideology 2019

About 41 percent of the respondents who supported BJP said they trusted most news most of the times in the week preceding the survey in early 2019, whereas, only 26 percent of those who did not support any political party and did not intend to vote said they trusted the news media that week. Research generally points to the fact that trust in news in deeply tied with political partisanship in many countries world over. However, in India it was seen that the supporters of political parties trust the news more than those who are non-partisans.

Trustworthiness in news across India in 2019, by political allegiance

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

January 2019

Number of respondents


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among English speakers with access to the internet who had consumed news in the month preceding the survey period.

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

The survey question was- "Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement: I think you can trust most news most of the time."
The data is from those respondents who are aware of the brand but may or may not be regular users of it.
*Among the total respondents, 500 were BJP supporters, 232 were UPA (including ex-UPA) supporters, and 280 were non-partisans who may or may not vote.

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