1/22/12

Fox News Most Distrusted 2012 Poll Results

A new poll from Public Policy Polling, asked people whether they trust a long list of news outlets:


Outlet 2012 Trust/Distrust 2011 Trust/Distrust 2010 Trust/Distrust
PBS (52/30) +22 (50/30) +20 Not Tested
NBC News (44/38) +6 (41/41) 0 (35/44) -9
CNN (43/39) +4 (40/43) -3 (39/41) -2
Fox News (45/42) +3 (42/46) -4 (49/37) +12
CBS News (40/42) -2 (36/43) -7 (32/46) -14
ABC News (37/40) -3 (35/43) -8 (31/46) -15
MSNBC (38/43) -5 Not Tested Not Tested


2010-2012 Which news outlet has gained the most distrust since 2010? Only Fox News.
  • Fox News +5
  • CNN -3
  • CBS News -3
  • ABC News -6
  • NBC News Trust -6
Which News Outlet has Gained the Most Trust? Fox News is the only network that has lost trust.
  • NBC News +9
  • CBS News +8
  • ABC News +6
  • CNN +4
  • Fox News -4
-Democrats trust everything - except Fox News. NBC does the best with them at +50 (67/17), followed by PBS and CNN at +49 (66/17 and 65/16 respectively), ABC at +38 (57/19), CBS at +35 (58/23), MSNBC at +33 (56/23), and even Comedy Central at +4 (36/32). Fox News comes in at -36 (25/61).
-Republicans meanwhile don't trust anything except Fox News. PBS comes the closest to breaking even among non-Fox outlets, although not very close, at -30 (26/56). It's followed by CNN at -49 (18/67), MSNBC at -51 (18/69), NBC at -52 (17/69), CBS at -54 (17/71), ABC at -56 (14/70), and Comedy Central at -59 (12/71). But Fox News comes in at a stellar 73/17.
This polarization among Republicans and only Republicans comes from hatred of the media being core component of their ideology. This becomes reinforced in their enclosed echo chamber through repetition. Americans themselves are not polarized when it comes to the media and there is no equal argument to be made with when it comes to Democrats and the left. Again look at the numbers.

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