Fully 45% say government, politicians and elected officials have a great deal of responsibility for the spread of fake news.
Some Americans say they have contributed directly to the distribution of fake news by sharing it themselves.
Nearly one-in-three U.S. adults (32%) say they often see fake political news online, while 39% sometimes see such stories and 26% hardly ever or never do.
Though they sense these stories are spreading confusion, Americans express a fair amount of confidence in their own ability to detect fake news.
64% of U.S. adults say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events.