A little over a year ago, Pew Research Center decided to intensify its research focus on the theme of trust, facts and democracy. As part of this initiative, the Center has published more than 30 pieces of related research over the past 12 months.
Majorities of Americans say the tone of political debate in the country has become more negative, less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive in recent years.
More Americans view made-up news as a very big problem for the country than identify terrorism, illegal immigration, racism and sexism that way.
Pew Research Center is redoubling its focus on the role of information and trust in democratic societies.
Most Americans say ‘design and structure’ of government need big changes.
The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better in differentiating factual statements from opinions.