46% of U.S. social media users say they are ‘worn out’ by political posts and discussions
Well before the 2020 election, many U.S. social media users are already exhausted by how many political posts they see on these platforms.
Partisans are divided on whether they associate the news media or Trump with ‘made-up’ news
Republicans and Democrats are particularly divided on how closely they connect made-up news to the news media or to President Trump.
News Media Attitudes in France
France stands out from other Western European countries for its broad discontent toward the news media. About a third of adults say they trust the news media, including just 4% who say they have a lot of trust
Most Americans – especially Republicans – say local journalists shouldn’t express views on local issues
There are partisan divisions over certain aspects of local news reporting, including whether local journalists should express views on local issues.
Nearly three-quarters of Republicans say the news media don’t understand people like them
A majority of Americans believe the news media do not understand people like them, and this feeling is especially common among Republicans.
Liberal Democrats more likely than other groups to be politically active on social media
Some 44% of liberal Democrats say they have used social media in the past year to encourage others to take action on an issue that was important to them. A similar share (43%) have taken part in a group that shares their interest in a cause.
Partisans Remain Sharply Divided in Their Attitudes About the News Media
While most Americans expect news will be accurate, most also say news organizations cover up mistakes, take sides
APSA conference roundup: Research on political polarization on social media and the U.S. Congress
The ways that social media shape political attitudes and the intricacies of lawmaking in Congress were two of many topics at the APSA annual conference.
14% of Americans have changed their mind about an issue because of something they saw on social media
A small share of the public – 14% – say they have changed their views about a political or social issue in the past year because of something they saw on social media.
'Anger' topped 'love' when Facebook users reacted to lawmakers' posts after 2016 election
The U.S. congressional Facebook audience used the “angry” button in response to lawmakers’ posts nearly 14 million times following the 2016 election.
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