This really should have been released last week, which was of course the best news week evah, but we’ll take it.
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.
For Democrats the numbers are a complete opposite- a majority trust all of ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC while only 30% have faith in Fox News. Continuing the trend in our polling over the last few months that independents hate everything, a plurality of them distrust all five outlets we looked at.
They didn’t poll MSNBC independently of NBC, so we’re denied a true temperature check of Olbermania. An interesting footnote: Even with the rightward trend nationally among self-described “moderates,” Fox polled at just 33/48 among the group. It’s the phenomenal approval they get among conservatives — 75/13 — that puts them over the top. Then again, Fox did much better among self-described “independents” than any other network (41/44, with CNN a distant second at 33/45) so maybe I’m just confused about the labels. Even more fascinating is the split among age groups. At 76/13, NBC does the best with the 18-to-29 crowd (probably thanks to MSNBC), but Fox is second at 61/18. I would have expected much higher disapproval given the lefty bent of “Generation O” or whatever they’re calling the young’uns now.
Number one in all of cable during primetime last week, by the way. Note: Not all of cable news. All of cable.