Americans Have Difficulty Identifying Facts, Opinions In News

Most Americans cannot correctly identify factual statements and opinion statements in the news media they read, according to results of a survey released today by the Pew Research Center.

The findings, which are based on a survey of 5,035 American adults conducted February 22 to March 8, asked them to classify five factual statements and five opinion statements presented to them.

Only 26% of the respondents could correctly identify all five factual statements, and 28% could only identify two or fewer correctly.

Americans were slightly better at correctly identifying opinion statements (see chart).



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