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Least trusted sources of coronavirus news U.S. 2020

As the coronavirus has spread throughout the United States and across the globe, consumers have turned to the media to inform about them how the pandemic is progressing and have been seeking news from sources they trust, and 60 percent of respondents to a U.S. survey said that they did not trust social media to provide correct information about the outbreak. Social media was by far the least trusted news outlet for coronavirus updates, followed by podcasts and online-only news sites. Conversely, traditional media outlets like newspapers and radio fared better in terms of consumer trust, along with cable and network news.

Least trusted sources of news for information about the coronavirus outbreak in the United States as of March 2020

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 12 to 15, 2020

Number of respondents

2,200 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among those who said they had not much or not at all trust in the source

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Question: To what extent do you trust the following to provide correct information about the coronavirus outbreak?

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