By Lauren Fruen For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:47 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 20:17 BST, 5 June 2019
Americans are more concerned about fake news than about terror and illegal immigration, a new poll of more than 6,000 U.S. adults has shown.
The Pew Poll of 6,127 people was conducted earlier this year between February 19 and March 4 and shows made up news was also seen as a bigger problem than racism and sexism.
More than two thirds of Americans, 68 per cent, also say it impacts their confidence in government institutions with 54 per cent also saying it is having a major impact on our confidence in each other.
But most blame political leaders and activists rather than journalists for the made-up news - although they do say it is the responsibility of journalists to fix it.
More than half say it is the news media's responsibility while just nine per cent say it tech companies' duty.
Almost four-in-ten Americans say they often come across made-up news and information and half of social media news consumers stopped following someone because they thought the person was posting made-up news and information.
The same percentage have stopped following a news organization