MSNBC reporting made up or fake news about Trump in the U.S. 2017

A survey revealed that 20 percent of Americans stated that they strongly agreed that MSNBC regularly reports made up or fake news about Donald Trump and his administration. An additional 15 percent strongly disagreed with the statement, while around 16 percent stated that that they neither agreed or disagreed.


MSNBC is a paid television news network founded as a joint venture between Microsoft Corporation and NBC in 1996. The network has grown into one of the biggest cable news channels in the United States, with around 35 percent of Americans tuning into MSNBC as of 2017. Over 50 percent of registered voters view MSNBC as at least somewhat liberal leaning and the network is generally viewed as a left-leaning source of news and information. Opinions are somewhat divided regarding the network’s credibility, but nearly 50 percent of Americas consider the network to be at least somewhat credible.

The fake news phenomenon has affected perceptions not just of MSNBC but also the likes of CNN and Fox News. As a result, some Americans are demonstrably more cautious and discerning about where they get their news, sometimes due to their political affiliation or as a result of having encountered false news in the past.

How much do you agree that MSNBC regularly reports made up or fake news about Donald Trump and his administration?

Share of respondents
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Release date

November 2017


United States

Survey time period

November 2 to 6, 2017

Number of respondents

2,201 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

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