(Gray News) - Finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats is no easy task, but the Pew Research Center has done just that.
According to a study conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, the vast majority of Americans don’t trust the media.
At 89%, an overwhelming number of Republicans believe the media hold a bias, compared to just 57% of Democrats.
Among independent voters, 72% believe the media are one-sided.
The study, however, found that half of all Americans believe fact-checkers deal fairly with all sides.
Forty-eight percent of respondents believe they are one-sided.
The opinion of independent voters roughly mirrors the overall national average, with 47% perceiving a bias and 51% believing they’re fair.
Just as they are on the political spectrum, the opinions of Republicans and Democrats are nearly polar opposites.
Seventy percent of Republicans believe fact-checkers are biased while 28% of them said they deal fairly with both sides.
Only 29% of Democrats believe fact-checkers are biased while 69% of them believe they’re fair.
Even so, most Americans are not very confident in their ability to check the accuracy of the news they consume.
Only 29% of respondents indicated they feel very confident fact-checking the news themselves. Forty-six percent feel somewhat confident doing so while 24% expressed very little to no confidence at all.
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