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Perceived frequency of traditional media reporting fake news U.S. 2018

Fake news is an ongoing problem, and consumers are concerned. A survey held in the U.S. revealed that the majority of responding U.S. adults believed that traditional major news sources reported fake news regularly or occasionally. Democrats were by far the most likely group to say that such news media does not report fake news at all, whilst most Republicans said they thought traditional news media regularly published false stories.

The politics of fake news

Although the presence of false or inaccurate information in the news media affects consumers of all ages and social classes, fake news is partially a political issue.

There has been talk of the U.S. government restricting online fake news. However, most U.S. adults consider government intervention in such matters to be inappropriate and believe that freedom of information should be protected even when that information is false.

Perceived frequency of traditional major news sources reporting fake news stories in the United States as of March 2018

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Release date

April 2018


United States

Survey time period

March 2 to 5, 2018

Number of respondents

803 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Do you think some traditional major news sources like TV and newspapers ever report fake news stories, or not? [If YES: Do they do this regularly or just occasionally?]"

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