Poll: Majority of Voters Say ‘Fake News’ Still A Major Problem

A new Rasmussen survey reveals a major problem for the nation’s news media.

A new Rasmussen survey says a majority of voters believe “fake news” remains a big problem and that the establishment news media does not question Joe Biden “as aggressively as they questioned former President Donald Trump.”

According to Rasmussen, “Eighty percent (80%) of voters believe “fake news” is a serious problem in the media, including 56% who say the “fake news” problem is Very Serious – almost unchanged from last July. Also unchanged since July is that 58% of voters agree – including 31% who Strongly Agree – with Trump’s 2019 statement that the media are “truly the enemy of the people.”

The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on May 11-12 by Rasmussen Reports with a margin of sampling error at +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Just as alarming as the “fake news” data, Rasmussen also reported that fully half of voters “don’t trust the political news they’re getting, while 31% do trust political news and 20% are not sure.” This should be enough to cause shivers in media circles, especially among political reporters.

Not surprisingly, Rasmussen revealed “Far more Democrats (46%) than Republicans (20%) or voters not affiliated with either major party (25%) say they trust the political news they’re getting. However, the percentage of Democrats who trust political news has declined from 56% in July.”

While it is not a signal of impending insurrection, the Rasmussen survey is a warning flag for the media, which has been accused of being soft on Democrats and much harder than Republicans.

“Majorities across party lines believe that ‘fake news’ is a serious problem in the media,” Rasmussen reported, “although Republicans are more likely to hold that belief. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of GOP voters say ‘fake news’ is at least a Somewhat Serious problem in the media, including 68% who say it’s a Very Serious problem. Seventy-five percent (75%) of both Democrats and unaffiliated voters think ‘fake news’ is at least a Somewhat Serious problem in the media.

“While 76% of Republicans and 54% of unaffiliated voters think the news media are less aggressive in questioning Biden than they were in questioning Trump,” Rasmussen’s survey found, “only 32% of Democrats agree. A majority of Democrats believe either that the media treat Biden about the same as Trump (34%) or that the media question Biden more aggressively than they questioned Trump (32%).”

Meanwhile, Rasmussen is also reporting 26 percent of likely voters think the country is heading in the right direction. This week’s finding is down two points from a week ago, Rasmussen said.

Sixty-six percent of voters believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, down one point from a week ago, the polling firm reported.


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