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Brazil: percentage of the electorate who believed in fake news in the 2018 election

The second round of Brazil's 2018 presidential election took place on October 28 of that year. On the same day, the Superior Electoral Court (TSE, as abbreviated in Portuguese) announced that Jair Messias Bolsonaro was the president-elect. During a survey conducted between October 26 to 29, 2018, almost 84 percent of respondents who said they had voted or would vote for Bolsonaro said they believed that his opponent, Fernando Haddad, had implemented a "gay kit" in public schools when he served as minister of Education – which is not true. Likewise, almost three out of four (74.6 percent of) Bolsonaro voters stated that they thought Haddad wrote a book supporting pedophilia and incest, although this was also fake news.

Level of trust in selected pieces of fake news among people who voted in the second round of 2018 presidential election in Brazil as of October 2018

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Release date

October 2018



Survey time period

October 26 to 29, 2018

Number of respondents

1,491 mobile internet users

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

These questions were phrased by the source as follows: "Você ouviu histórias...", ".. de que o Haddad ia implementar um Kit Gay nas escolas?", ".. de que as urnas eletrônicas tinham sido fraudadas?", "... de que o Haddad teria defendido a pedofilia e oincesto em um livro?", and "Para quem sim: acredita que é baseada em fatos reais?"

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