At least 9 in 10 Filipinos said they have read or watched fake political news, and believe that the proliferation of false information is a problem, results of a Pulse Asia survey released Tuesday showed.
The survey, conducted from September 17 to 21, also showed that 26 percent of the respondents have encountered false news about government and politics a few times a week, 25 percent a few times a month, and 21 percent at least once a day.
This was more pronounced in Metro Manila at 87 percent and the rest of Luzon at 92 percent, compared to respondents from the Visayas and Mindanao at 77 and 81 percent, respectively.
“A tenth of Filipino adults (10 percent) are not aware of untrue news regarding government and politics,” Pulse Asia said.
At least 58 percent of the respondents said social media influencers, bloggers, and/or vloggers are top peddlers of fake political news, followed by journalists at 40 percent, national level politicians at 37 percent, local politicians at 30 percent, civic leaders/NGO leaders at 15 percent, businessmen at 11 percent and academics, professors or teachers at 4 percent.
Respondents also identified either social media or the internet (68 percent) and television (67%) as their top sources of fake information about government and politics.
The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews based on a sample of 1,200 respondents 18 years old and above, with a ± 2.8 percent error margin at a 95 percent confidence level.