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Younger Americans are better than older Americans at telling factual news statements from opinions

Younger Americans are better than older Americans at telling factual news statements from opinions by Jeffrey Gottfried, Elizabeth Grieco
While some say wisdom comes with age, younger Americans are better than their elders at separating factual from opinion statements in the news, according to a new analysis from Pew Research Center.
New research report from the Pew Research Center. All annotations in context.

In a survey conducted Feb. 22 to March 4, 2018, the Center asked U.S. adults to categorize five factual statements and five opinion statements. As a previous report revealed, about a quarter of Americans overall could accurately classify all five factual statements (26%) and about a third could classify all five opinion statements (35%).

About a third of 18- to 49-year-olds (32%) correctly identified all five of the factual statements as factual, compared with two-in-ten among those ages 50 and older. A similar pattern emerges for the opinion statements. Among 18- to 49-year-olds, 44% correctly identified all five opinion statements as opinions, compared with 26% among those ages 50 and older.

If you would like to test your own ability to categorize the 10 factual and opinion statements, take their quiz.

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