What Network is Truly; “The Most Trusted”? Surprise!

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A Quinnipiac University poll of almost 1300 registered voters released on Monday, March 9, 2015 shows that Fox News is trusted more than any other television news channel.

Fox News was reported to be ‘trusted’ by almost 30% of those polled when they were asked which network they trusted. The last, and ‘least trusted’ is MSNBC at 7%. The networks that were once ‘king of broadcast news’ networks, such as CBS News, NBC News, and ABC News prove their flame has dimmed at 10%, 10%, and 8%, respectively.

CNN, often criticized for its left wing news bias, came in second with 22%.

When asked, “Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by FOX News,” 20 percent of registered U.S. voters say “a great deal” and 35 percent say “somewhat.” Scores for other networks are:

  • NBC News – 14 percent “a great deal” and 46 percent “somewhat;”
  • ABC News – 14 percent “a great deal” and 50 percent “somewhat;”
  • CBS News – 14 percent “a great deal” and 50 percent “somewhat;”
  • MSNBC – 11 percent “a great deal” and 41 percent “somewhat;”
  • CNN – 18 percent “a great deal” and 43 percent “somewhat.”

Local television news outfits seem to be leading with this question as respondees reported that they were ‘trusted’ by 19 percent of voters “a great deal” and “somewhat” by just over half, at 52%. “FOX News may be the most trusted in the network and cable news race, but they all take a back seat to your local news,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The poll should bring a smile to the face of recently disgraced anchor, Brian Williams. Only 35% believe the suspended NBC News anchor should not receive a second chance to prove his credibility; while, 42% believe he does warrant another opportunity to redeem himself.

According to the poll, the Media Matters/Mother Jones/CNN left-wing campaign orchestrated against FOX’s Bill O’Reilly has not succeeded at all. Only 12% want O’Reilly terminated, while 11% want him suspended. A full 51% said they don’t have an opinion on the matter involving O’Reilly.

The poll also featured questions about replacing Jon Stewart.

19 percent of voters, Tina Fey is tops replace Stewart, with 16 percent favoring Dennis Miller, 8 percent for John Oliver, 7 percent each for Brian Williams and Craig Ferguson and 5 percent for comedienne Chelsea Handler.
The poll reveals gender and age gaps. Fey tops Miller 23 – 12 percent among women, while men favor Miller 21 – 15 percent. Voters 18 to 34 years old favor Fey with 27 percent, 12 percent for Oliver, 10 percent for Handler and 9 percent each for Ferguson and Miller. Voters in older age categories were evenly split between Fey and Miller.

“Two comedians, both former Saturday Night Live mock news readers, lead the pack to fill Jon Stewart’s chair,” Malloy said. “Dennis Miller is the favorite of 24 percent of Republicans. Tina Fey, with her dead-on take on Sarah Palin, is the darling of 26 percent of Democrats.”

From February 26 – March 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,286 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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Leland Ivy

Leland Ivy grew up in Georgia and Tennessee. He has worked for several members of Congress and most recently worked in 2014 to take back a Southern California Congressional District. Leland has a variety of interests including running, CrossFit, lifting weights, and flying private airplanes.

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