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Levels of trust in journalists in the EU 2018, by country

A 2018 survey across eight European countries revealed the extent to which people trust journalists to tell the truth. With fake news being encountered so frequently these days, it is an important issue for many. In Great Britain, almost a third of respondents said they didn't trust journalists to tell the truth at all, and only two percent trusted them a great deal. However, the results were different in Sweden, where over a third trusted journalists a fair amount or a great deal.

How much do you trust journalists to tell the truth? Opinions in 2018, by country

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Release date

December 2018


Europe, EU

Survey time period

August 13 - 23, 2018

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Respondents were asked the following: "How much, if at all, do you trust the following to tell the truth? (Journalists)"

* Number of respondents for each country: France 1019

Germany 2065

Great Britain 2171

Hungary 1005

Italy 1012

Poland 1016

Portugal 1003

Sweden 1009

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