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More People Do Trust Fox


Saw this over at Hotair;

Our newest survey looking at perceptions of ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News finds Fox as the only one that more people say they trust than distrust. 49% say they trust it to 37% who do not.

CNN does next best at a 39/41 spread, followed by NBC at 35/44, CBS at 32/46, and ABC at 31/46.

Predictably there is a lot of political polarization in which outlets people trust. 74% of Republicans trust Fox News, but no more than 23% trust any of the other four sources. We already knew that conservatives don’t trust the mainstream media but this data is a good prism into just how deep that distrust runs.

For Democrats the numbers are a complete opposite- a majority trust all of ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC while only 30% have faith in Fox News. Continuing the trend in our polling over the last few months that independents hate everything, a plurality of them distrust all five outlets we looked at.

I linked it on my previous post because I think there is an interesting phenomenon going on here. According to the poll, “30% of Democrats have faith in Fox News.” That is shocking. That plus the over 20% of the Democratic vote that went to Scott Brown, spells doom for the Democrats later this year. Here in Arkansas, a very Red State, we had two Democratic Congressmen retire due to bad polling numbers. Blanche Lincoln has polled behind every single one of her prospective challengers.

Now that 30% of Democrats actually trust Fox News, what are the other 70% going to think? Are we going to see more Dem on Dem action?

Updated: to fix a typo

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  1. kenoshamarge
    January 27, 2010 at 07:15

    They are going to claim that that 30% represents the low-information, poorly educated, dimwitted Democrats. I’m an Independent and I watch several FOX cable news programs; Cavuto, Brett Baier and Greta. Like any media outlet I take what they say with a grain of salt and verify information if and when I can.

    If there is one media outlet that I do not trust and never watch it is the lunatic liars at MSNBC. How anyone with a brain can watch the bulging-eyed rants of Olbermann or the blatent lies and spin of Maddow or the call to cheat in elections by cretins like Ed Schultz is beyond me. As for watching Tweety? Not gonna happen.

  2. yttik
    January 27, 2010 at 12:58

    Yes indeed, they will claim that people who watch Fox news are low information, poorly educated, dimwits. I don’t know how you talk to people who insist on being so tone deaf. The logical response to learning that Fox news is watched by so many is to ask, “why?” But they don’t want to know why, they simply want to bask in their alleged superiority.

    • January 28, 2010 at 22:04

      They are smart enough to no ask why. They know that if they do, they will then have to re-evaluate everything they have known, been taught etc. It’s just too hard for some. It takes too much intellectual honesty, I think. Of course it’s the ones that think they know everything, that really know nothing at all.

    • Woodhull
      January 29, 2010 at 08:33

      That’s the best question there is, “why?” It gets to the understanding of motivation. That is the most neglected question there is. I applaud your stamina in bearing up to the “shouters” and the “shout louders”.

  3. Woodhull
    January 28, 2010 at 00:38

    I would love to see a new, independent, news organization come on the scene. I really don’t know why someone hasn’t come forward out of sheer frustration with what’s available on the cable networks. Now would be an excellent time to launch something like that — viewership would probably go through the roof if it was done with some class. Whole new line-up of really intelligent talking heads instead of self-important book writers and radio show commercials; people who could not be identified with either political party or former strong biases.

    There’s always going to be this pinging and ponging back and forth between fox and msnbc/cnn if that’s all there is. I know a lot of so-called liberals who thought fox was the best last year because they went after bo. So someone’s not answering the pollsters honestly.

  4. Woodhull
    January 28, 2010 at 00:40

    And to answer your question: I don’t know how much dem-on-dem action there’ll be, because I think they’ll close ranks and try to say that bo is a Republican or something weird like that.

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