Young Americans think fake news will affect 2020 election

A new study has revealed the top five social issues that Gen Z and millennials care most about.

Gen Z and millennials may have different opinions on social issues, but the cohort of 18 to 30 year olds agrees that the U.S. is "off track" and that fake news will have an impact on the 2020 presidential election, according to new research.

In the Influencing Young America to Act 2019 report, conducted by the Cause and Social Influence initiative, nearly half (48%) of all respondents think the U.S. is off track, and more than three out of four (77%) say "fake news" will affect the upcoming election.

Gen Z and millennials also revealed their five key concerns and voting issues in the report, including: climate change (30%), civil rights and racial discrimination (25%), immigration (21%), healthcare reform (20%) and mental health and social services (16%).

Most young Americans learned about climate change, civil rights and racial discrimination, immigration and healthcare reform from news outlets’ social media channels.

Climate change, the study revealed, is slightly more important to Gen Z (34%) than to millennials (27%).

By gender, females and males agree on climate change and civil rights and racial discrimination as the top two issues. For the third spot, females have three issues tied: immigration, healthcare reform and mental health and social services, while males put immigration as their third-biggest concern.

When it comes to trust, both groups have more faith in nonprofits and social movements over governments and corporations, but millennials have greater distrust overall. About 28% of the younger demographic says they have zero trust in the federal government, compared to 35% of millennials.

Both groups of young Americans believe voting will lead to change at 71% of Gen Z and 66% of millennials.

Insights for the report were gathered through social listening conducted from January 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, and as well as through surveys sent to 1,100 participants from September 20 to 30 of this year. 

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