Most voters still believe “fake news” is a serious problem, and don’t trust the political news they get from the media.
This is according to a recent Rasmussen Reports that found 62% of likely U.S. voters think the problem of bias in the news media is getting worse.
Just 10% believe the media bias problem is getting better, while 26% say it’s about the same as usual.
Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters don’t trust the political news they’re getting, compared to 32% who do. Another 16% are not sure.
These findings are nearly unchanged since May.
Recent news events and the media coverage
The survey also found that overall 42% trust what the news media are reporting about the recent FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's home in Florida, but 44% don’t, and another 14% are not sure.
Along party lines, 68% of Democrats trust what the news media are reporting about the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, while 70% of Republicans don’t trust the media’s reporting about the raid.
Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 45% don’t trust the media’s reporting about the Trump raid, while 36% do trust what the media are reporting about the raid.
Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure.
- Eighty-two percent (82%) of all likely voters believe “fake news” is a serious problem in the media, including 62% who say it’s a "very serious" problem.
- Only 14% don’t think “fake news” is a serious problem
These findings are almost identical to the May survey that found 80% believed “fake news” was a serious problem.
To see survey question wording, click here.