January 21, 2020

Likelihood of US Adults Reading Misleading Information on Social Media Platforms* During the 2020 Election Year, by Demographic (% of respondents in each group)


This chart shows how likely adults in the United States think it is that they will read misleading information/"fake news" on social media platforms (such as Facebook or Twitter) during the 2020 election season.


Data is from the January 2020 NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist "Poll Results: Election Security" conducted by Dynata. 1,075 US adults ages 18+ in the contiguous United States were surveyed via landline and mobile phone numbers during January 7-12, 2020. Surveys were conducted using live interviewers with questions available in English or Spanish. Mobile telephone numbers were randomly selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the nation from Dynata (formerly Survey Sampling International). The exchanges were selected to ensure that each region was represented in proportion to its population. To increase coverage, this mobile sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of landline phone numbers. Within each landline household, a single respondent is selected through a random selection process to increase the representativeness of traditionally under-covered survey populations. The samples were then combined and balanced to reflect the 2017 American Community Survey 1-year estimates for age, gender, income, race, and region. Results are statistically significant within +/-3.5 percentage points. There are 1,064 registered voters. The results for this subset are statistically significant within +/-3.8 percentage points.