The terms ‘post-truth’, ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ have become commonly used in recent months, particularly relating to politics.

This survey, conducted by the School of Creative and Cultural Business at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, aims to gather opinions on the reliability of information presented as ‘facts’ by political parties in Scotland.

You will be presented with five images containing various ‘facts and figures’ that have recently been posted on the social media sites of the main political parties in Scotland. You will be asked three short questions about each image.

You will then be asked two questions about your own personal experience of ‘fake news’ or ‘alternative facts’. Finally, you will be asked four short questions about yourself.

The survey is aimed at anyone aged 16 years or over. It should take around 10 - 15 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain completely anonymous.

If you require further information about this research please contact Graeme Baxter at