Poll: 82% of Germans concerned that political disinformation able to impact elections

Poll: 82% of Germans concerned that political disinformation can manipulate elections


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Edited by: Yuri Zoria

According to a poll in Germany, 82% of respondents are concerned that political disinformation campaigns can manipulate elections. The figure is consistent with the EU’s average.

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.

Editor’s Note

According to a recent poll, 24% of Ukrainians see Russian TV channels as trusted sources of information, 20% trust Russian online news media, including both state-funded propaganda outlets and independent media, and 18% believe the information published on Russian social media pages.

However, only 4% consider the Russian outlets as veracious and more independent than the Ukrainian press.

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Edited by: Yuri Zoria

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