Political Divides, Conspiracy Theories and Divergent News Sources Heading Into 2020 Election

43% of Republicans identify fraud as a major problem with voting by mail versus 11% of Democrats President Donald Trump speaks as a picture of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is seen on a screen during a news conference in the White House. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) How we did this As the nation heads …

ادامه مطلبPolitical Divides, Conspiracy Theories and Divergent News Sources Heading Into 2020 Election

1. Legitimacy of voting by mail politicized, leaving Americans divided

The months-long coronavirus outbreak has impacted virtually all aspects of American life, including the 2020 presidential election – with many states and jurisdictions promoting the expanded use of mail-in ballots as a way to vote while avoiding the risks of infection for polling center volunteers or for voters standing in long lines and inside voting …

ادامه مطلب1. Legitimacy of voting by mail politicized, leaving Americans divided

2. Attention to candidates increases, but what Americans know and think about them diverges by party, media sources

With the national nominating conventions concluded and the election cycle entering its closing stretch, Americans are now following news about the presidential candidates more closely than they were a few months ago. And while there are virtually no partisan differences in how closely Americans are following the election, there are some distinctions within parties depending …

ادامه مطلب2. Attention to candidates increases, but what Americans know and think about them diverges by party, media sources

3. Most Americans who have heard of QAnon conspiracy theories say they are bad for the country and that Trump seems to support people who promote them

Americans’ awareness of a collection of conspiracy theories known as QAnon has roughly doubled since March to nearly half of U.S. adults. A solid majority of those who have heard about QAnon say it is a bad thing for the country and also say Donald Trump seems to support people who promote the theories. Those …

ادامه مطلب3. Most Americans who have heard of QAnon conspiracy theories say they are bad for the country and that Trump seems to support people who promote them

Appendix: Grouping respondents by major news sources

September 16, 2020 Appendix: Grouping respondents by major news sources By Amy Mitchell, Mark Jurkowitz, J. Baxter Oliphant and Elisa Shearer The survey asked whether respondents use any of eight news sources as a major source, minor source or not a source for political and election news. (Responses for all eight sources are available here.) …

ادامه مطلبAppendix: Grouping respondents by major news sources

Americans See Skepticism of News Media as Healthy, Say Public Trust in the Institution Can Improve

72% of U.S. adults say news organizations do an insufficient job telling their audiences where their money comes from How we did this In a year filled with major news stories – from impeachment to a contentious election, from a global pandemic to nationwide protests over racial injustice – Americans continue to have a complicated …

ادامه مطلبAmericans See Skepticism of News Media as Healthy, Say Public Trust in the Institution Can Improve

1. Americans are largely skeptical of the news media, but say there is room for confidence to improve

In general, Americans tend to express more negative than positive views about the news media and feel that that it is beneficial for society to approach the media with some level of skepticism. But the public does not view the media as a lost cause: A vast majority of U.S. adults say it is possible …

ادامه مطلب1. Americans are largely skeptical of the news media, but say there is room for confidence to improve

2. Americans largely see news organizations as opaque, particularly when it comes to finances

The public often feels in the dark about how news organizations produce their news and the potential influences on it. Americans think news outlets are not fully transparent with them in a number of ways, which may also help explain their negative evaluations of the news media. When asked how well news organizations explain six …

ادامه مطلب2. Americans largely see news organizations as opaque, particularly when it comes to finances

3. Americans who have a closer relationship with their news sources are more supportive of the news media overall

Americans’ relationships with their news sources are strongly linked to their views of the news media more generally. For example, those who feel connected with their news sources are much more positive toward the news media in general – though most say they don’t feel this type of connection. Likewise, those who think something close …

ادامه مطلب3. Americans who have a closer relationship with their news sources are more supportive of the news media overall

4. Partisans remain sharply divided in many views toward the news media; stark differences between Trump’s strongest supporters, critics

A major takeaway of the first phase of this yearlong study was that partisan dynamics are the strongest factor in Americans’ trust in the news media and other related concepts. The findings here reinforce that conclusion: Republicans, and especially strong Trump supporters, consistently express more negative sentiments about the news media. There are a few …

ادامه مطلب4. Partisans remain sharply divided in many views toward the news media; stark differences between Trump’s strongest supporters, critics