I like to know vs. I'd like to know

1) I like to know if the rumor is true or not. 

2) I'd like to know if the rumor is true or not. 

I know the (2) sounds better. Is the sentence (1) wrong in terms of grammar? 

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Y2K,

(2) is perfectly fine.  It refers to one specific rumor.

(1) expresses a generality.  In a contextual vacuum, it requires the indefinite article:

1a: I like to know if a rumor is true or not.

or better still:

1b: I like to know whether a rumor is true or not.

Given proper context, though, it is possible to say (1) as it is:

1c: I'm aware that some managers in the past have asked for employees' resignations based on hearsay.  I personally require more proof in such circumstances.  I like to know if the rumor is true or not.

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