The Eurobarometer survey was conducted via telephone interviews early February in all EU Member States. Over 26.000 citizens were interviewed about their perception of fake news and their trust in news media sources. The findings show a clear concern for the spread of disinformation online in Europe.

The Flash Eurobarometer on Fake News and Online Disinformation measured the perceptions and concerns of 26.576 European citizens around fake news. The results show that fake news are widely spread across the EU with 83% of respondents saying that fake news represent a danger to democracy.

The key findings are as follows:

  • Respondents perceive traditional media as the most trusted source of news: radio (70%), television (66%) and printed newspapers and news magazines (63%);
  • 37% of the respondents come across fake news every day or almost everyday and 71% feel confident on identifying them;
  • 85% of respondents perceive fake news as a problem in their country and 83% perceive it as a problem for democracy in general;
  • In respondents’ view, journalists (45%), national authorities (39%) and the press and broadcasting management (36%) should be the main responsible for stopping the spread of fake news.

The full report is now available.

More information on the Commission initiative to tackle online disinformation.

Results of the public consultation on fake news and online disinformation.

Preliminary results.

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Tackling online disinformation: a European Approach.