The relationship between media trust and political leaning
Project Investigator: Emily Stavljanin
The below is some general information on the study. This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All answers are completely anonymous.
Please do not research the questions before completing this survey. This survey aims to understand your objective knowledge.

The purpose of the study:
The current research project is focused on understanding the effect on trust in partisan media and political leaning. This is an important question because there is much debate around how both traditional media and social media effect our opinions, beliefs and the way in which we vote. We are seeking your help with piloting the survey we have developed to address this topic. Your feedback is an important part of the research process as it provides us with insights about what aspects of the survey work and whether any aspects need improvement.

Participation and withdrawal:
Participation in this research project is completely voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time with no consequences. If you do withdraw from the study, the materials that you have completed to that point will be deleted and will not be included in the study.
What is involved?
You will be asked to complete an online survey that should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and provide feedback about the survey.

Risks:
Participation in this research involves no foreseeable risks above the risks of everyday living. If, however, you should find any aspect of the research to be invasive or offensive, you are free to omit participating in that aspect of the study.

Confidentiality and security of data:
Confidential information gathered during the study will not be shared with anyone except the researchers. All data will be coded in a de-identified manner and subsequently analysed and reported in such a way that responses will not be able to be linked to any individual. Your responses will only be used for the specific research purposes of this study.

Benefits of your participation in the study:
You will not receive any compensation for taking part in the research, however, your participation is critical to helping with an assignment about how to conduct a survey research project which is part of COMU2030 (Communication Research Methods).

Ethics clearance and contacts:
This study has been approved by a teacher in the COMU2030 course at the University of Queensland to align with the Australian Health and Research Ethics Committee as complying with the National Statement. If you would like to contact an officer of the University not involved in the study, please email the course coordinator: Associate Professor Kelly Fielding (k.fielding@uq.edu.au).
Please select your age range *
Please select your gender *
The following questions are on media usage and trust in the media.
You will also need to rate the truth-fullness of a variety of memes and articles. Some are true, and some are false. Please do not research them before answering - we are after your initial thoughts only.
Which platforms do you use to access news? Select as many that apply to you *
Required
Which of the below platforms do you PRIMARILY use to access news?
Clear selection
How likely are you able to spot "fake news"? *
Highly unlikely
Highly likely
Metro news: Makers of Corona report 132,000,000 pound loss as a result of coronavirus
Do you believe the above article is true or false? *
Facebook meme: A WW1 solider carrying a donkey to keep it out of a minefield. During difficult times the first ones you have to keep under control are the jackasses who don't understand the danger and do as they please.
Do you believe the origin of the above photo is true or false? (This meme has circulated Facebook for the past week, referring to Coronavirus) *
ABC News: Asylum seekers in detention 200 times more likely to commit self-harm than Australians, research finds
Do you believe the above article is true or false? *
Daily Mail Australia: LA teen who died before testing positive for COVID-19 was turned away from urgent care because he didn't have insurance, as it's revealed he may have infected his young friend and her family
Do you believe the article above is true or false? *
Sky News: China 'wilfully inflicted coronavirus upon the world'
Do you believe the article above is true or false? *
How likely are you to trust ABC News? *
How likely are you to trust Nine News? *
How likely are you to trust the Courier Mail? *
How likely are you to trust the Daily Mail? *
How likely are you to trust The Australian? *
How likely are you to trust Sky News? *
How likely are you to trust Fox News? *
How likely are you to trust SBS News? *
The following questions are on political leanings and leader trustworthiness.
Please answer truthfully - all answers are completely anonymous. You may do some background research here if needed. The survey will ask you to rate trustworthiness of world leaders. Trustworthiness may refer to how likely you are to trust their speeches, ideologies and general leadership.
How would you describe your political leaning? *
Who are you most likely to vote for in the next state or federal election? *
How trustworthy do you think Donald Trump is? (USA) *
How trustworthy do you think Scott Morrison is? (Australia) *
How trustworthy do you think Boris Johnson is? (UK) *
How trustworthy do you think Justin Trudeau is? (Canada) *
How trustworthy do you think Jair Bolsonaro is? (Brazil) *
How trustworthy do you think Barack Obama is? (USA) *
How trustworthy do you think Hillary Clinton is? (USA) *
How trustworthy do you think Angela Merkel is? (Germany) *
How trustworthy do you think Xi Jingping is? (China) *
FEEDBACK. Please give feedback on this survey, both positives and negatives *
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