Every Fourth Bulgarian Sees Fake News Daily

Representative survey commissioned by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung: Disinformation Is A Relevant Political Issue In Bulgaria. 

Many Bulgarians know what ‘fake news’ is: 72 percent of the respondents have been confronted with false reporting in the media, 25 percent see ‘fake news’ about political topics even daily. This is the result of a representative survey commissioned by the KAS Media Program South East Europe among more than 1,000 citizens over 18 years.

The phenomenon of ‘fake news’ on political topics is already known in Bulgaria: Only 16 percent (all values rounded) of the respondents have never or almost never seen fake news in the media. Another 13 percent said they did not know what ‘fake news’ is. On behalf of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Bulgarian opinion research institute Alpha Research interviewed 1,024 Bulgarians in a representative survey (face-to-face interviews) in the end of May 2017.

The media usage was also a topic of the survey: In order to inform themselves about domestic and international political news, 91 percent of respondents use television – by far the leading medium. The majority of Bulgarians are active on the internet every day. However, for editorial news TV has still a predominant position.

The respondents have also been asked about their confidence in international institutions and countries. The EU enjoys higher trust than Russia.

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