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Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Media, Politics | 8 comments

The Only Real News

PPP’s annual poll on TV news finds that there’s only one source more Americans trust than distrust: PBS. 52% of voters say they trust PBS to only 29% who don’t trust it. The other seven outlets we polled on are all distrusted by a plurality of voters.

Just like its actual ratings, Fox News has hit a record low in the four years that we’ve been doing this poll. 41% of voters trust it to 46% who do not. To put those numbers into some perspective the first time we did this poll, in 2010, 49% of voters trusted it to 37% who did not. Fox has maintained most of its credibility with Republicans, dropping just from 74/15 to 70/15 over that period of time. But it’s been losing what standing it had with Democrats (from 30/52 to 22/66) and independents (from 41/44 to 32/56).

We find once again this year that Democrats trust everything except Fox, and Republicans don’t trust anything other than Fox. …Public PolicyPolling h/t PoliticalWire

Cross-posted from Prairie Weather

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  • The_Ohioan

    I suppose the results may be important considering the number of contacts, the means of contact, and if you understand that CSPAN (where you can see news while it happens) wasn’t included.

  • sheknows

    “Republicans don’t trust anything other than Fox” 🙂
    And here I thought Jon Stewart was the most trusted news source. ( although he is pretty good)

  • PW

    CSpan is very useful, but it’s really covering selected events, not providing news reporting. And CSpan has an invaluable video archive. So yes, but not the same category.

    I haven’t seen PBS in over 10 years — I “threw my TV out the window”! (Also putting Jon Stewart beyond reach, darn it.) But I’m a bigger fan of NPR and BBC anyway, and always was.

  • dduck

    I always thought Bill Maher was the “true” source, but now with his Trump parentage accusation I wonder.

  • The_Ohioan


    Just curious about what the 24/7 “news” channels cover that CSPAN doesn’t cover – and is important to cover. Most of it seems to be dreck and anything really important that a citizen needs to be informed about seems to me to be covered on CSPAN. I’m probably missing something. And besides, I’m always leary of results from a limited population and a limited type of contact.

    But the results probably accurately reflects the views of those who have phones and watch those channels. Which does include me, and doesn’t include you, for instance. I’d like to see a survey of NPR, PBS, BBC and CSPAN users only. And another like that including those that watch the other channels as well. You could get in on the first one. I could get in on the second. Between us, what else would anyone care about knowing? 🙂

  • slamfu

    They really should have included The Daily Show in that poll. I think it would have provided some very compelling data for changes CNN could make to its programming.

  • SteveK

    That so many trust PBS is, imo, why the ‘Right’ is so determined to have the minimal governmental funding PBS receives done away with.

    So many people trusting a news and information source that they can’t control is, from the GOP perspective, a threat… Especially when so much of reality is contrary to what they’d like you to believe. 🙂

  • The_Ohioan


    Comedy Central is included. The link shows some interesting results.

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