Perceived prevalence of fake news in media sources worldwide 2019

According to a global study conducted in 2019, 62 percent of respondents felt that there was a fair extent of or great deal of fake news on online websites and platforms. By comparison, ten percent less said the same about TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines, marking out traditional media in general as being more trustworthy than online formats.

Share of adults worldwide who believe fake news is prevalent in selected media sources as of February 2019

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

January 25 to February 8, 2019

Number of respondents

19,541 respondents

Age group

16-74 years*

Special properties

across 27 countries

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

*The source defines their sample as being among adults aged 18 to 74 in select countries.
The question was phrased by the source as follows: "How prevalent, if at all, would you say fake news is in the news and information provided to you by each of the following?" A great deal/fair extent
The source did not provide a breakdown of sample size by region.

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