Monday, August 17, 2009

Poll: Few people trust Fox News other than whites, southerners, and Republicans.


Daily Kos/Research 2000 has released a new poll of Americans on which of the three major cable news channels they watch and trust. Kos points out that the poll finds “Republicans watch Fox News and nothing else, Democrats split between MSNBC and CNN, and Independents watch nothing.” The Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel notes that “non-white viewers really don’t like Fox”:

The biggest swing region in the poll? The South. In Southern states, 46 percent of viewers say that Fox News is “extremely reliable” or “reliable.” Only 6 percent of them say that of MSNBC, compared to 26 percent who say it of CNN, a huge shift from the days when CNN was derided as the “Communist/Clinton News Network.” And non-white viewers really don’t like Fox. Only 5 percent of African-Americans, 11 percent of Hispanics, and 8 percent of other minorities consider the network reliable, while a majority of every one of those groups trusts CNN and sizable pluralities trust MSNBC.

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