Opinion on the media exaggerating coronavirus news U.S. 2020, by politics

A study held in the United States in March 2020 revealed that 62 percent of responding adults felt that the media has greatly or at least slightly exaggerated news about the coronavirus pandemic. Opinions varied according to political standpoint, with just 49 percent of Democrats or left-leaning audiences feeling that the news about COVID-19 had been exaggerated by the media, compared to 77 percent of Republican or right-leaning news consumers.

Share of adults who think the media has exaggerated news about the coronavirus outbreak in the United States as of March 2020, by political affiliation

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 10 to 16, 2020

Number of respondents

8,914 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among those who felt the media had greatly or slightly exaggerated news about the coronavirus outbreak

Method of interview

Online panel

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