New Poll: Majority of Americans trust Fox

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January 26, 2010 12:49:07 PM PST
Do American's trust the media? Apparently not - unless it's Fox News.

Raleigh based - and left-leaning - polling group Public Policy Polling has just finished a national survey of over a thousand registered voters asking them about their perceptions of ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News.

Overall, PPP said Fox is the only news network that more people trust than distrust. 49 percent said they trust Fox while 37 percent don't.

CNN comes in second with a 39/41 spread. NBC is third at 35/44, followed by CBS at 32/46, and ABC at 31/46.

As one might expect, a lot of it breaks down to party affiliation. 74 percent of Republicans trust Fox News, but no more than 23 percent trust any of the other four sources.

“A generation ago you would have expected Americans to place their trust in the most neutral and unbiased conveyors of news,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But the media landscape has really changed and now they’re turning more toward the outlets that tell them what they want to hear.”

PPP said amongst Democrats, only 30 percent trust Fox News. Their most popular news outlet is NBC with a 62/17 spread. PPP said it named NBC in its poll, but admitted respondents could have lumped it together with left-leaning MSNBC given the numbers.

You can get the full breakdown of the numbers on the PPP blog at http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/01/fox-leads-for-trust.html

The survey’s margin of error is +/-2.8 percent.

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