Poll: Most Americans Believe Fake News Is Widespread

Mar 29, 2017

A Monmouth University poll finds most Americans believe fake news is widespread, but they have more confidence in the media than the information that comes from President Trump.

Poll director Patrick Murray says the public feels there's fake news everywhere.

"80 percent say that news websites online will report fake news, and about 63 percent say that our traditional sources like TV and newspapers will from time to time report fake news. In most cases they say when they do it, it's to push an agenda."

A majority of those surveyed say they're more likely to trust what major media outlets report than what President Donald Trump says. 

"For example, against ABC news which other polls have placed at the top of credibility in terms of public trust, we find that 53 percent think that ABC is more trustworthy versus 28 percent who say the information that comes from Donald Trump is more trustworthy."

But there are partisan differences. Democrats give a credibility edge to mainstream media, while Republicans say if it's Trump versus the media, then Trump is right.