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Poll: Most Americans Think Social Media Dividing Country

Poll: Most Americans Think Social Media Dividing Country
(AP)

By    |   Friday, 05 April 2019 10:02 AM

The majority of Americans think that social media companies are doing more to divide this country than to unite it, and most don’t trust websites like Facebook to protect their personal information, according to a poll released Friday.

The poll was jointly conducted by a Democratic firm, Hart Research Associates, and a Republican firm, Public Opinion Strategies, on behalf of NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. It shows that most Americans believe social media is a waste of time, is used to spread unfair attacks, lies and rumors, and divides us more than it unites us.

  • 82 percent said social media wastes our time
  • 61 percent said it spreads unfair attacks and rumors
  • 57 percent said it divides us
  •  55 percent said it spreads lies and falsehoods

“Social media — and Facebook, in particular — have some serious issues in this poll,” said Micah Roberts, a pollster with the GOP firm.

“If America was giving social media a Yelp review, a majority would give it zero stars,” Roberts added.

The poll also found that 69 percent of Americans use some form of social media at least once per day, and that negative opinions of social media is common among both Democrats and Republicans, both men and women, and both urban resident and rural ones. However, young people and older people were more likely to disagree, with younger respondents less likely to say social media is divisive or that it spreads attacks and rumors.

The two firms surveyed 1,000 adults from March 23-27, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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The majority of Americans think that social media companies are doing more to divide this country than to unite it, and most don’t trust websites like Facebook to protect their personal information, according to a poll released Friday.
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