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Concern about reasons behind errors in news reporting in the U.S. 2020, by politics

Republicans were more inclined to be concerned that inaccuracies in news are intentional, with 36 percent worried that facts are made up entirely by reporters, a survey from February 2020 found. Across all political parties, the main worry about inaccuracy in news reporting was that the reporter misrepresents facts rather than simply making them up, with 58 percent of Democrats concerned by this.

Public concern about intentional inaccuracies in news reporting in the United States as of February 2020, by political affiliation

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Release date

August 2020


United States

Survey time period

November 8, 2019 to February 16, 2020

Number of respondents

20,046 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Panel survey

Supplementary notes

Question: Which one of the following concerns you most when you come across a news report you think might be inaccurate?

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