12-2-19 true facts: poll

In a sharply divided country, here’s something many Americans agree on: It’s hard to know what’s a true and honest fact.  A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USA Facts finds that regardless of political belief, many Americans say they have a hard time figuring out if information is true.   Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they often come across one-sided information and about six in 10 say they regularly see conflicting reports about the same set of facts from different sources.  Retired Ripon College political science professor Marty Farrell says people hear what they want to hear.  The poll found that 47 percent of Americans believe it’s difficult to know if the information they encounter is true.   Many Americans say they rely on government websites, as well as news sources and social media, to get information.