Perceived prevalence of fake news in media sources worldwide 2018, by region

The statistic shows the share of adults worldwide who believe fake news is prevalent in selected media sources as of January 2018, broken down by region. The findings reveal that 45 percent of adults surveyed in North America believed that there was a great deal or fair extent of fake news in newspapers or magazines, and 48 percent said the same about television and radio. Conversely, respondents in Great Britain stated that they thought fake news was more prevalent in newspapers and magazines than in TV and radio.

Share of adults worldwide who believe fake news is prevalent in selected media sources as of January 2018, by region

Newspapers/magazinesTV/radio
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Source

Release date

January 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

December 22, 2017 to January 5, 2018

Number of respondents

19,060 respondents

Age group

16-64 years*

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

*The source defines their sample as being among adults aged 16 to 64 in 24 countries.
The question was phrased by the source as follows: "How prevalent, if at all, would you say fake news is in the news and information provided to you by each of the following?" A great deal/fair extent
The source did not provide a breakdown of sample size by region.

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