A stunning new survey from Monmouth University Polling shows a vast majority of Americans believe the mainstream media actively promotes ‘fake news,’ a massive increase from a similar study conducted just one year ago.
The new data shows a whopping 77% of Americans believe the media -at least occasionally- reports ‘fake news’ stories; blaming both individuals covering the stories as well as editorial board rooms across the country.
That’s a stark increase from 63% who shared similar beliefs one year ago.
“The news about ‘fake news’ is not good, according to the Monmouth University Poll. Large majorities of the American public believe that traditional media outlets engage in reporting fake news and that outside sources are actively trying to plant fake stories in the mainstream media,” writes the survey.
“When it comes to the meaning of ‘fake news,’ a majority believe that it involves editorial decisions as well as inaccurate reporting. The public feels that social media platforms are partly to blame for the spread of fake news and are not doing enough to stop it,” the study adds.