Survey: Every fourth German distrusts the media

One in four people in Germany believe that politics and the media are "in cahoots". This is the result of a representative survey by the Institute of the German Economy (IW) reported by the Rheinische Post on Friday.


According to the survey, a total of a quarter of respondents tend to agree or strongly agree with the aforementioned conspiracy narrative. According to the survey, 23 percent of respondents think that there are secret organizations with great influence on political decisions. In a nationwide survey conducted at the end of March, significantly fewer people (eight percent) would have believed this narrative.

Around 70 percent of respondents under the age of 30 said they use the video platform YouTube to find out about politics. This means that the platform is more important than local television, radio or national newspapers.

Around 1100 people were surveyed in September for the IW and Ruhr University Bochum survey. Conspiracy narratives were used to map the general susceptibility to conspiracy beliefs in the population.

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