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More Britons Trust Wikipedia Than Media – Survey

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Many more British residents trust the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia than UK news outlets, a poll by an online market research firm YouGov revealed.

MOSCOW, August 11 (RIA Novosti) – Many more British residents trust the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia than UK news outlets, a poll by an online market research firm YouGov revealed.

Some 64 percent of the respondents of the survey conducted last week said they trusted that the authors of Wikipedia entries "a great deal" or "a fair amount." In a similar poll in October last year, 61 percent of Britons said they trusted BBC journalists. Some 55 percent trusted ITV, the UK's oldest commercial network and the BBC's competitor.

Less than half, or 45 percent, trusted "upmarket" newspapers, such as The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian. Only 22 percent trusted "mid-market" newspapers such as The Daily Mail and The Daily Express, while 13 percent favored tabloids such as The Sun and The Daily Mirror.

Wikipedia’s trustworthiness, however, was topped by Encyclopaedia Britannica, which was trusted by 83 percent of respondents, as opposed to Wikipedia’s 67 percent.

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