A national poll has found that Americans prefer Fox News as the best television news network.
, a new company set up by former CNN exec Eason Jordan, a 23-year veteran of the cable network, polled 1,180 people, with 36 percent picking Fox News as best, 28 percent saying CNN, and 17 percent choosing MSNBC.
Americans picked on partisan lines, too: 62 percent of Republicans picked Fox News, while 72 percent of Democrats chose CNN and MSNBC.
Fox consistently is one of the top five shows in all of cable, while its rivals usually sit somewhere outside the top 20.
This latest poll also confirms many widely held notions about the three networks' fan bases.
Fox' viewership skews Republican, white, and older. Sixty-two percent of respondents who identified themselves as Republican chose Fox as the best, as did 42 percent of whites and 46 percent of those past the age of 65. Fox was tops in every age group except those under 30.
Meanwhile, both CNN and MSNBC skew Democrat, young, and ethnically diverse.
Among those identifying themselves as Democrats, 40.8 percent chose CNN as the best, and 31 percent chose MSNBC. CNN also was the preferred choice of 35.6 percent of blacks, 45.4 percent of Hispanics, and 39.4 percent of respondents between 18 and 29 years of age.
MSNBC was not voted the best by any particular category, but it registered north of 20 percent among Blacks, Latinos, "Other," and females (not to mention Democrats).
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