About 60 percent of Americans believe major news organizations post fake news

Published: Apr. 2, 2019 at 6:46 PM EDT
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A new poll from Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Public Policy asked likely voters what they think of fake news and other topics.

WHSV spoke with some James Madison University students about what they thought of the results.

The polls asked if "our nation's major news organizations publish fake news stories for political purposes."

86 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Independents and 31 percent of Democrats believed that major news organizations published fake news.

Overall, around 60 percent of Americans believe fake news is published.

Some of the JMU students were not surprised.

"Journalists kind of have a bad rep," Shayla Brown said. "And obviously everyone tweeting about fake news makes people think that there is fake news but a lot of organizations, you just have to know the right ones, a lot of them post good news."

"Like I hear a lot about fake news, so that is very interesting to me," Jack Irby said.

"CNN or Fox, they always have their own sort of bias," Christopher Wear said.

The poll also asked if people believed the other party's views were a threat to the country. Students say they weren't surprised with those results either.

"Republicans and Democrats are very radicalized, and there's like not really too much of a middle ground," Mikayla Bernetich said.

"But I think they see each other as threats just because they don't agree, but that's just not the case. I think it's one of the strongest points that we have," Brown said.

We also asked WHSV viewers what they thought. As of 5:45, 62 percent of viewers strongly believe major news organizations publish fake stories for political purposes.

You can read the full findings of the Wason Center for Public Policy, including the exact questions asked, methodology and more,