Mood of First-Time Voter: 77% say newspapers most trustworthy medium; 15% males believe social media forwards

  • Forty percent of female respondents said social media was their primary source of news, compared with 30 percent of males

  • Over three-quarters of males and females believed that newspapers were the most trustworthy medium

  • 38 percent of male respondents claimed to always fact-check stories shared on social media, compared to 28 percent of females

The Lok Sabha election in a few months is set to see a massive 130 million first-time voters go to the polls. The stakes are already high for the National Democratic Alliance that seeks to secure five more years and a seemingly united Opposition that seeks to dislodge the ruling BJP and its allies at any cost.

To get a better idea of how young first-time voters — people aged 18 to 21 — perceive of the forthcoming election, YouGov India and Firstpost conducted a nationwide survey between 3 and 9 January. There was a total of 1,324 respondents, from a panel of over 40,000, who answered questions ranging from politics and jobs, to religion and the media. The findings are being serialised in four sections:

1) Politics and Ideology
2) News and Media
3) Religion and Community
4) Jobs and Economy

The first part of the section titled 'News and Media' examines the differing views of male and female respondents.

Forty percent of female respondents said social media was their primary source of news, compared with 30 percent of males and both sets (37 percent of females and 28 percent of males) claimed that this was the medium with the greatest influence on their thoughts and actions. However, over three-quarters of both sets (77 percent of males and females) believed that newspapers were the most trustworthy medium, with word of mouth seen as the least trustworthy (24 percent of males and 28 percent of females).

Meanwhile, 38 percent of male respondents claimed to always fact-check stories shared on social media, compared to 28 percent of females.

To read the findings of the section of the survey titled 'Politics and Ideology', click here.

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2019 14:16:10 IST