Share of adults who have ever shared questionable political news online in the United States as of December 2016

Sharing of made-up political news online in the U.S. 2016 The statistic presents results of a survey about whether U.S. adults have ever knowingly or unknowingly shared fake political news online as of December 2016. It was found that 16 percent of respondents shared a political news story online which they later found out was made up.
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Share of respondents
Shared a political news story online which you later found out was made up16%
Shared a political news story online you knew at the time was made up14%
Did either/both of these23%
Share of respondents
Shared a political news story online which you later found out was made up16%
Shared a political news story online you knew at the time was made up14%
Did either/both of these23%
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The statistic presents results of a survey about whether U.S. adults have ever knowingly or unknowingly shared fake political news online as of December 2016. It was found that 16 percent of respondents shared a political news story online which they later found out was made up.
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Release date
December 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
December 1 to 4, 2016
Number of respondents
1,002 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
The source does not provide the original wording of the question posed during the survey. The wording of the question chosen for this statistic may therefore differ slightly from the original.

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