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Survey: 72% Of Americans Say News Outlets Intentionally Run Fake News

By Brady Kenyon | June 27, 2018 | 11:32am EDT
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A new survey shows 72% of Americans believe "traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading."

In the survey by Axios/SurveyMonkey, respondents were asked “How often do you think traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake. False, or purposely misleading?”

The survey also showed on the political side that 92% of Republicans said that traditional news sources report news they know to be fake, along with 54% of Democrats. Additionally, the survey showed 79% of Independents said that traditional news sources report news they know to be fake.

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While 69% of Republicans said news sources report news they know be fake “A lot,” another 23% said news sources “sometimes do.”

Among Democrats, 21% said that news sources report news they know to be fake “A lot,” while 32% of said they “sometimes do.” For Independents, 42% said news sources report news they know be fake “A lot,” while 37% of Independents said news sources “sometimes do.”

Among those who think traditional news outlets report false news, about two-thirds think they do so intentionally to advance “an agenda.”

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The survey asked “When fake, false, or purposely misleading news is reported or share is this mainly because?” In response, 65% said fake news is usually reported because “people have an agenda.” Another 30% said such information is shared due to “poor fact-checking.”

Only 3% of Americans said that fake news makes the headlines “by accident.”

Methodology: This SurveyMonkey/Axios online poll was conducted June 15-19, 2018 among a total sample of 3,936 adults, selected from the nearly 3 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. The modeled error estimate for the full sample is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The full breakdown by demographics is located here.

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