Most Americans Fear Worse "Fake News" in 2020, Survey Finds

Most Americans Fear Worse "Fake News" in 2020, Survey Finds

Created: 11 September, 2019
Last update: 14 August, 2022

The Wrap reported this week on a new survey that highlights majors concerns over the current state and future of media and journalistic integrity in the US.

The survey, conducted by PR agency Bospar and Propeller Insights, found that more than 95% of Americans are concerned about the current state of the media, though the reasons vary:

- 53% cited “reports on fake news”

- 49% cited “reporting gossip”

- 48% cited “lying spokespeople”

Other factors came into play as well, like left- and right-wing agendas.

And two-thirds (67%) of survey takers said they are concerned that ethics in journalism will be worse during the 2020 presidential election.

Other polls worth looking at includes a Pew Research report on trust and distrust in America, which includes public opinion on trust in journalists, and a Columbia Journalism Review poll from earlier this year that shows that the only institution Americans have less confidence in than the media is Congress.

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Shawn Griffiths

Shawn is an election reform expert and National Editor of He studied history and philosophy at the University of North Texas. He joined the IVN team in 2012.