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PPP Poll: Fox News Most Trusted TV News Source Five Years in a Row

Friday, 31 Jan 2014 04:01 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Fox News is the most trusted news source in television, with 35 percent of Americans saying they have more confidence in the cable news channel than any other TV news channel, according to the latest poll.

This marks the fifth year in a row since Public Policy Polling began its annual survey on the most trusted TV news source that Fox News has taken the top spot. The survey of 845 registered voters was taken Jan. 23-26 and has a 3.4 percent margin of error.

When it came to other news outlets, PBS and ABC News earned 14 percent each, with CNN getting 10 percent, CBS News nine percent, Comedy Central and MSNBC getting six percent each and NBC News in last place with three percent.

However, the same poll found that Fox News is also the least trusted news outlet, with 33 percent of Americans saying they do not trust the cable news channel, MSNBC took second place with 19 percent, Comedy Central came in next with 14 percent and CNN had 11 percent of voters saying that they trusted the channel the least. ABC News, CBS News, NBC News and PBS all had fewer than five percent of Americans saying they trusted them the least.

Party affiliation made a huge difference in how voters view the different news outlets. Seventy-five percent of those in the GOP said they trusted Fox News compared to only 20 percent of Democrats who said the same. When asked about the other seven news outlets, 60 to 70 percent of Democrats said they trusted them, while only about 20 percent of Republicans were in agreement.

When the different news outlets were asked about individually, PBS clearly came out on top with 57 percent saying they trusted the federally funded TV news source verses 24 percent who said they didn't.

The other TV news outlets were evenly split. Forty-four percent said they trusted Fox News and 42 percent said they didn't; 39 percent of voters said they trusted CBS News with 37 percent saying they didn't; 40 percent of Americans both said that they did and did not trust CNN; NBC News was similar with 39 percent each saying they did and didn't trust the network news channel; and ABC News was split with 37 percent saying they trusted it, while 38 percent said they did not.

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