The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better in differentiating factual statements from opinions.
A new poll by the Pew Research Center suggests people are having difficulty telling the difference between fact and opinion.
Pew Director of Journalism Research Amy Mitchell said the study “raises caution” around news consumers’ ability “to sort news quickly.”
“At this point, the U.S. does not seem to have become completely detached from what is factual and what is not. But with the vast majority of Americans getting at least some news online, the gaps in ability across population groups to sort news quickly and correctly raises caution,” said Mitchell.