Only one in nine U.S. likely voters are very confident that social media censor questionable content in a fair and unbiased way, while nearly half have no trust at all that it will do so, a new Rasmussen survey finds.
The national survey, conducted February 8-9, 2021, finds that just 11% of voters are “very confident” in the validity of social media’s censorship of content, while 45% are “not at all” confident the censorship of content is fair and unbiased.
“How confident are you that social media can censor questionable content in a fair and unbiased way?”
- Very 11%
- Somewhat 18%
- Not Very 23%
- Not at All 45%
- Not Sure 3%
Thus, more than two-thirds (68%) of voters have little or no trust in social media’s determination of what content they’re allowed to see.
Democrats (18%) are more likely than are Republicans (8%) and those with other leanings (4%) to have a great deal of confidence in social media censorship. And, while 16% of Blacks are “very confident,” just 10% of Whites and other races share their trust.
Likewise, 60% of Republicans and 56% of Others have no confidence “at all” in social media vetting, compared to just 25% of Democrats. About a quarter of Blacks (24%) have no trust, but half of Whites (49%) and other races (48%) say they have no confidence at all in social media censorship practices.
While the percent of voters who never use social media like Twitter and Facebook has increased to 25%, up from 19% a year ago, 28% of voters who still access it regularly say they’re at least somewhat influenced by the posts they see, Rasmussen reports.