Problems with finding coronavirus news worldwide 2020

A global study conducted in March 2020 gathered data on consumers' attitudes to, experiences of, and issues with news consumption regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and found that 74 percent of respondents were concerned about the amount of fake news being spread about the virus, which would impede their efforts to find out the facts that they need to stay updated. Others were met with challenges when seeking out trustworthy and reliable information, and 85 percent felt that the public should be given more coronavirus news and updates from scientists and less from politicians.

Public opinion on problems regarding finding reliable news and information for updates on the coronavirus worldwide as of March 2020

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

March 6 to 10, 2020

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Participating countries included the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, South Korea, Japan, South Africa, Germany, Brazil, and France, with responses from 1,000 adults being taken from each.
Survey question: Please indicate your level of agreement with the statements below using a nine-point scale where one means “strongly disagree” and nine means “strongly agree”. 9-point scale; top 4 box, agree

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