TV most trusted source of info in Covid era: poll

TV most trusted source of info in Covid era: poll

People queue for Covid-19 tests at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University in Thon Buri district, Bangkok on Saturday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
People queue for Covid-19 tests at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University in Thon Buri district, Bangkok on Saturday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Television is the most trusted source of information in the Covid-19 era, according to a survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on 1,213 people throughout the country during May 31-June 3. The respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer to each question.

Asked through which channels they got information, 74.81% cited social media; 59.49% television; 34.13% private individuals; 29.66% news websites/apps; and 6.46% short messages on smartphones.

Asked to choose sources of information they trusted, 85.24% picked television; 69.33% academics/analysts/researchers; 67.56% government and private agencies; 57.79% newspapers; and 49.38% news websites of various agencies.

Asked how reliable their sources of information about Covid were, 52.24% said the information provided knowledge from various angles and in-depth analyses; 49.09% said some information also contain rumours, false news and exaggeration; 47.43% said information was published, shared and forwarded more quickly; 44.04% said there were many types of news to follow; and 39.57% thought many agencies had dramatised news, including crime news, in a way that caused people to feel dejected for commercial purposes.

Asked how they picked sources of legitimate information, 78.32% cited clear sources and references; 57.48% information from renowned and well-recognised agencies and organisations; 54.57% information backed by strong evidence; 50.17% information from government agencies with direct responsiblity; and 49.16% information from academics or experts on certain issues.

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