Maru/Matchbox Poll: Trust in newspapers & radio above 80 percent in U.S. & Canada. Social media, not so much

AFP  |  Ottawa Last Updated at April 10, 2019 02:35 IST

About half of Americans and Canadians get their news primarily from social media, yet most don’t trust this source of information, according to a survey released Tuesday.

According to the Maru/Matchbox poll, 52 per cent of Americans and 48 per cent of Canadians said they find out what’s happening in the world through social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Only television (64 per cent) and news websites (49 per cent) in the United States ranked higher as sources of news.

But while trust in traditional news services including radio and newspapers rated above 80 per cent in both countries, trust in social media was lowest among all sources at 43 per cent in the United States and 32 per cent in Canada.

Political news is the most likely to contain misinformation, according to respondents.

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