The “Informationsverhalten bei Wahlen und politische Desinformation” poll, organized by the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, also revealed that 81% of respondents think that politically motivated disinformation is threatening democracy. 79% of the 1,002 polled internet users agreed with the claim that political disinformation makes them angry.
As for the solution, two-thirds of the polled Germans supported the regulation of political advertising on the internet. At 80%, the support for online regulation was especially strong amongst 14-24-year-olds.
When these figures from Germany are compared with results from Eurobarometer, the overwhelming worry about threats to democracy is clearly evident. While 81% of German respondents were worried about politically motivated disinformation as such, 83% of Europeans said that fake news is a danger to democracy.
Eurobarometer’s polling in 28 EU Member States (26,576 European citizens interviewed) also showed that “37% of the respondents came across fake news every day or almost every day”. The German poll stated that 40% of respondents occasionally see politically motivated disinformation online.
When Eurobarometer asked for the solution, the respondents pointed at journalists (45%), national authorities (39%) and the press and broadcasting management (36%) to stop the spread of fake news.
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