The national survey was conducted by Ohio State University.
New research published in the journal Misinformation Review uncovered how users on social media platforms in particular are more likely to believe misinformation, compared to consumers of traditional media.
Initiated by the US-based nonpartisan think tank Pew Research Center, the study involved more than 4,000 adult respondents.
To examine the extent to which people consume inaccurate news on social media, researchers analyzed a two-year span of posts from 750 adult users on Facebook and Twitter.
A recent study claims that dozens of white supremacist groups are still using Facebook as a safe haven to spread extremist content.