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ZAGREB, 17 July 2022 – Croatians consider television and radio to be the most trusted sources of information, and their trust in information on social networks is above the EU average, according to a Eurobarometer survey.

The survey looked at media habits, trust in different media sources and attitudes towards disinformation, the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media says in a presentation of Eurobarometer results on its website. .

The media play a major role in informing citizens about the activities of the European Union and its institutions. This survey shows that 72% of people questioned say they have recently read, seen or heard something about the European Union and 57% about the European Parliament.

In Croatia, 86% of respondents have read something about the EU and 73% about the European Parliament.

In the EU, television dominates as the main source of information (75%), and this is particularly true for older generations. Also in Croatia, 75% of respondents cite television as their main source of information.

Overall, public TV and radio channels are the most trusted source of information in the EU (49%), followed by print media (39%) and private TV and radio channels ( 27%).

In Croatia, public TV and radio channels are the most trusted source of information for 39% of respondents, while print media is cited by 26%, and private TV and radio channels by 23% .

Interestingly, 19% of respondents in Croatia trust information on social media, compared to 14% in the EU as a whole.

As many as 12% of respondents in the EU and Croatia feel “very confident” in being able to recognize disinformation and fake news, and 52% in the EU and 56% in Croatia feel “somewhat confident”. The level of confidence in distinguishing between real news and fake news decreases with age and increases with level of education.

Ipsos European Public Affairs interviewed a representative sample of EU citizens, aged 15 and over, in each of the 27 Member States of the European Union. Between April 26 and May 11, 2022, 53,347 interviews were conducted via computer-assisted online interviews, using Ipsos online panels and their network of partners, the European Parliament said on its website.

EU results are weighted according to each country’s population size.

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