3. Most Americans have heard of the conspiracy theory that the COVID-19 outbreak was planned, and about one-third of those aware of it say it might be true

A conspiracy theory video suggesting, among other things, that the COVID-19 pandemic was planned received national attention in early May. While only one-in-ten Americans say they watched any of the video itself, far more have heard of the broader theory that powerful people intentionally planned the coronavirus outbreak. A majority of U.S. adults (71%) say […] The post 3. Most Americans have heard of the conspiracy theory that the COVID-19 outbreak was planned, and about one-third of those aware of it say it might be true appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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2. Americans still follow COVID-19 news, though with less intensity; many say this news is becoming more political

A large majority of Americans (86%) surveyed from June 4-10 say they are following news about the COVID-19 outbreak “very” or “fairly” closely. That portion is close to the share who said the same in March and April, when between 87% and 92% were following the outbreak very or fairly closely. But the June survey, […] The post 2. Americans still follow COVID-19 news, though with less intensity; many say this news is becoming more political appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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1. Americans rate CDC highly, Trump and his administration poorly on getting the facts right about COVID-19

Americans are skeptical about whether some key sources for news and information are getting the facts right about the coronavirus outbreak. Of five types of sources on the survey, only one garners a clear majority saying it gets the facts about the outbreak right at least most of the time. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults […] The post 1. Americans rate CDC highly, Trump and his administration poorly on getting the facts right about COVID-19 appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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Acknowledgments

This report was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at: www.journalism.org. Galen Stocking, Computational Social Scientist Katerina Eva Mata, Associate […] The post Acknowledgments appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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2. News organizations were most prominent source in COVID-19 content shared in public Facebook spaces

As the threat from the coronavirus became evident, Facebook users posting about the outbreak largely turned to news media sources for information to understand the developments. Links to news organizations were shared in far more COVID-19 posts than links to other kinds of source types, and posts that linked to news organizations received more interactions, […] The post 2. News organizations were most prominent source in COVID-19 content shared in public Facebook spaces appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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1. Posts about COVID-19 appeared in a wide range of public Facebook spaces

As Americans grew more aware of the threat posed by the novel coronavirus, social media became a key avenue for following related developments. This study, which examined 3,000 public Facebook spaces with the most popular COVID-19 posts in March 2020, aimed to bring to light the types of spaces where these conversations took place. (The […] The post 1. Posts about COVID-19 appeared in a wide range of public Facebook spaces appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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Acknowledgments

The Election News Pathways project was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This initiative is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at https://www.pewresearch.org/topics/election-news-pathways/. Research Team Amy Mitchell, Director, Journalism […] The post Acknowledgments appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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3. Large partisan divide on news media’s performance and the president’s message, smaller divide on attention to events

Reactions to the events surrounding and following the death of George Floyd also have some significant differences by party and party affiliation across U.S. adults overall. This analysis offers a look at differences by party overall, a lens used for much of the Center’s work connected to the American News Pathways project. By several measures, […] The post 3. Large partisan divide on news media’s performance and the president’s message, smaller divide on attention to events appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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2. In protest response, Americans say Donald Trump’s message has been wrong, news media coverage good

Amid close attention to the news surrounding the death of George Floyd and ensuing protests, a majority of the public says Donald Trump’s messaging about the demonstrations has been wrong, while a similar portion says the news media’s coverage of the protests has been good. Six-in-ten Americans say Trump has been delivering the wrong message […] The post 2. In protest response, Americans say Donald Trump’s message has been wrong, news media coverage good appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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