FAKE NEWS: THE PUBLIC SPEAKS

The following two questions about alleged “fake news” were asked in a Monmouth University poll last month.

Take a look at the answers, compare them to answers for the same question last year, and see what you think:

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?]

TREND: March
2018
March
2017
Yes, regularly 31% 27%
Yes, occasionally 46% 36%
No, do not 21% 32%
(VOL) Don’t know 3% 6%
 (n) (803) (801)

 

Do you think these sources report these stories on purpose in order to push an agenda or do they tend to report them more by accident or because of poor fact checking?

TREND: March
2018
March
2017
On purpose in order to push an agenda 42% 39%
By accident or because of poor fact checking 26% 17%
(VOL) Both equally 7% 6%
(VOL) Don’t know 1% 1%
Major media do not report fake news (Q39) 21% 32%
Unsure if major media report fake news (Q39) 3% 6%
 (n) (803) (801)

If these data are correct, what does it tell you about the public’s trust in mainstream media?

Now why do you suppose they would they feel this way…..

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