Republicans categorical displeasure with the best way social content material is dealt with on social platforms


Decisions made by social platforms regarding election content drew the ire of people on both sides of the political spectrum, but a new report from the Pew Research Center found that Republicans were far more critical.

Pew surveyed 12,648 U.S. adults between Nov. 18-29, with American Trends Panel respondents weighted by gender, race, ethnicity, partisan affiliation, education, and other categories as representative of the U.S. adult population.

Overall, 60% of respondents believe that fabricated news and information had a big impact on the 2020 presidential election, while 63% think that new media coverage had a big impact.

When it comes to social networks, 48% of respondents believe that these platforms' choices about voting content had a big impact on the results. 32% see campaign ads the same way.

Republicans were far more likely than Democrats to say that decisions made by social media companies had a large impact on elections at 62%, compared with 37%.

The same partisan divide emerged when asked whether news media coverage (71% Republicans, 56% Democrats) and fictional news (69% and 54%, respectively) influenced the vote.

Respondents were largely divided over social platforms' decisions to block or flag up election news and information they believed to be inaccurate or misleading. 51% agreed and 47% disapproved.

On a party-political level, 78% of Republicans disapproved of decisions made by social networks.

A total of 60% of respondents believe that fabricated news and information had a major impact on the election, with Democrats and Republicans mostly viewing this as affecting their own party.

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Other findings from Pew's new report were:

  • 91% of Democratic respondents believe that President-elect Joe Biden has sent the right message since the election ended, while outgoing President Donald Trump has sent the wrong message.
  • Republicans who disagree with Trump's post-election news are more likely to be young adults, have a college degree, and are of Hispanic descent. Republicans who describe their political ideology as moderate or liberal are far more likely than Conservative Republicans to disapprove of Trump's message, at 51% versus 20%.
  • Half of those polled know that there has never been a case in modern history where a lost presidential candidate refused to publicly admit prior to inauguration day, but that too has been split by party line, with 64% of Democrats so correctly answered question, compared to 36% of Republicans.
  • 42% of respondents believe that election fraud allegations received too much attention, while 31% said they received too little attention, and 25% saw it as the right amount. This, too, was politically divided: 58% of Republicans felt that these allegations were neglected (compared to just 8% of Democrats), 22% said they received the right amount (compared to 28% of Democrats) and only 18% said they received too much attention (compared to 63% of Democrats).
  • When asked about the news media as a whole, 69% of Democratic respondents said they provided largely accurate reporting after the polls, compared with just 18% of Republicans.
  • Half of Democrats believe the news sources they turned to explained the process of counting votes after the election was over, up from just 16% of Republicans.
  • The proportion of respondents who closely monitored Covid-19 remained largely unchanged from mid-October to the end of November. 37% followed him very closely – 47% of Democrats versus 28% of Republicans.
  • Far more Democrats (45%) than Republicans (21%) changed their Thanksgiving plans due to the pandemic, as Republicans (56%) were more likely than Democrats (13%) to say the pandemic was excessive (although that Republican number is in the) down by around five percentage points last week).

Jeffrey Rabinowitz