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In light of these trends, Free Press commissioned a public-opinion poll to understand people’s beliefs about media, technology and democracy. BSP Research and the African American Research Collaborative conducted the survey of 3,000 people in the United States.

The findings show that Americans believe the current media and tech ecosystem is not meeting civic-information needs or supporting a just and multiracial democracy. At the same time, there are high levels of concern about the twin problems of dwindling local news and the prevalence of false information online. A majority believes that more independent news outlets could safeguard against disinformation and benefit the health of our democracy.

People's beliefs about media and tech point to the urgent need for continued engagement and policy reform to advance accountability in these fields.

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