Online Media Polarisation Score (2017)

Source: Newman, Nic, Richard Fletcher, Antonis Kalogeropoulos, David A. L. Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. "Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017," Reuters Institute, 2017
Topic: Disinformation
Reference year: 2017
Geographical area: Global
Method: Survey (N = 42603)
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The chart presents the polarisation scores for the countries where the left–right distinction is meaningful, as shown by the Reuters Institute report. The data shows that polarisation amongst the most popular online news brands is highest in the United States, followed by Italy, Spain and Poland. Nordic and Western European countries exhibit lower degrees of polarisation. The results are based on answers to the the survey questions "Q1F. Some people talk about ‘left’, ‘right’, and ‘centre’ to describe parties and politicians. With this in mind, where would you place yourself on the following scale?"and "Q5b. Which of the following brands have you used to access news ONLINE in the last week?"