Americans Can’t Tell The Difference Between Facts And Opinions, Study Explains

March 16, 2024

🔑 Key Findings: Over 45% struggled to tell the difference between facts and statements of opinion. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With many people’s judgments clouded by partisan bias, troubling new research finds many Americans struggle to distinguish facts from opinions in their 24-hour news cycles. The study focused on assessing whether Americans can differentiate statements of fact (2 + 2 = 4) versus statements of opinion (“Green is the most beautiful color”). The research team placed a particular emphasis on political statements. Researchers asked study participants to categorize 12 statements regarding current events as either statements of fact or statements of opinion.

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