Americans Struggle to ID True Facts

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"In a sharply divided country, here's something many Americans agree on: It's hard to know what's a true and honest fact. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USA Facts finds that regardless of political belief, many Americans say they have a hard time figuring out if information is true.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they often come across one-sided information and about 6 in 10 say they regularly see conflicting reports about the same set of facts from different sources. 'It is difficult to get facts. You have to read between the lines. You have to have a lot of common sense,' said Leah Williams, 29, of Modesto, California. A Republican, Williams says she relies on like-minded friends and family to help sort through conflicting information. 'There are wolves in sheep's clothing everywhere.' The poll found that 47% of Americans believe it's difficult to know if the information they encounter is true, compared with 31% who find it easy to do so....The poll found majorities say they have little to no confidence in information they get about the government from social media, the president, members of Congress and businesses."

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