Most Americans are pretty sure they saw fake news online during the election, with Republicans more likely than Democrats to say they had. Two-thirds of Democrats say they probably or definitely saw fake news, while three in four Republicans say they did. Even more of those who were on Facebook at least once a week saw fake news. But – by 70% to 19% – Americans are pretty sure they can spot fake news when they see it.
Of course, we will never know whether in fact Americans in 2016 could tell what was real and what was not – in an Economist/YouGov Poll conducted in December 2016, 38% of the public and half of Republicans thought the “Pizzagate” theory of Clinton campaign emails containing coded messages about pedophilia was probably or definitely true.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian activity in the 2016 election now includes questions for Cambridge Analytica. Americans mostly support that investigation. By 49% to 29% the public approves of the appointment of the Special Counsel, though Republicans take a different position – half of Republicans disapprove, a third approve.
Pluralities of all political groups overall – including Trump voters – don’t think Mueller should be fired. However, 58% of Republicans believe the FBI and the Department of Justice are trying to frame the President…..