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Most U.S. Voters See Misinformation Online and Many Believe It

  • Survey finds 85% of voters read about mail-in ballot fraud
  • Facebook is main source of misinformation, according to poll
Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

With the U.S. presidential election just over a week away, Americans are still encountering disinformation and misinformation online, especially on Facebook Inc., and many believe what they read, according to a survey released on Monday.

The SurveyUSA poll of more than 3,000 registered voters found that 65% reported seeing political disinformation in their Facebook feeds. A quarter of them reported believing the claims. Conducted between Oct. 14-19, the survey revealed that 85% of registered voters read that mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud, with 35% believing it.