MOST AMERICANS CAN'T TELL FACT FROM OPINION IN NEWS

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 A new study shows that our beliefs may led us to think opinion is fact.

A large number of Americans have a hard time differentiating facts from opinions when it comes to the news, which may explain all the divisiveness.

A survey from the Pew Research Center out Monday presented a number of statements like "spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid make up the largest portion of the U.S. federal budget" and "democracy is the greatest form of government." Respondents were asked to tell which ones were factual statements and which ones were opinions.

Only about a quarter were able to correctly identify facts while about 35-percent were able to identify the opinions. The study found that Americans tend to think statements are factual if it's something they agree with, even if it's an opinion.

Another interesting trend uncovered was that those who were digital savvy or identified as political junkies did pick out all the facts correctly

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