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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Most Trusted By The Same People As Before

This poll will likely have a lot of people scratching their heads, but it makes more sense than you might first realize.

Americans do not trust the major tv news operations in the country- except for Fox News.

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.

My only question with the results is what do the remaining 14% of people have to say about Fox”News”? Do they have no opinion one way or the other? But that’s not what this post is about.

Even though the very partisan nature of Fox”News” is evident in virtually all of it’s programming, the 49% number reflects the percent of people that voted for McCain in 2008. By that measurement, Fox”News” is no more “trusted” now than it was two years ago.

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