Many Americans consider the news organization itself when deciding if a news story is trustworthy

A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center showed the varying factors news readers consider when deciding if a news story is trustworthy.

According to the Pew report, many Americans consider the news organization itself when it comes to deciding if a news story can be trusted. As many 55 percent of survey respondents who stood by this belief were left-leaning voters, while 47 percent were right-leaning voters.

A majority of survey respondents, particularly left-leaning voters, also considered the sources cited in the news story when deciding on its trustworthiness.

Republicans, Democrats consider a variety of factors when deciding whether a news story is trustworthy

“Overall, broad majorities of U.S. adults say it is at least somewhat important to consider each of five surveyed factors when determining whether a news story is trustworthy or not: the news organization that publishes it (88%); the sources cited in it (86%); their gut instinct about it (77%); the person, if any, who shared it with them (68%); and the specific journalist who reported it (66%),” the Pew report states.

“Just 24% of adults say it’s at least somewhat important to consider a sixth factor included in the survey: whether the story has a lot of shares, comments or likes on social media.”

The survey was conducted among adult participants in the U.S. during mid-March 2021.

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