The highly respected and non-partisan Quinnipiac University polling service conducted a poll on which United States based television news network was the most trusted. The winning network was the conservative group at FOX News who sat atop the poll.(Results here.)
The network got 29 percent of the vote as the most trusted, followed by CNN with 22 percent, CBS News and NBC News are at 10 percent, ABC News at 8 percent and MSNBC at 7 percent. The poll, was conducted Feb. 26-March 2,with 1,286 registered voters nationwide taking part. Quinnipiac University pollsters contacted people via both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
As you might expect things as seems to be the case these days broke down along party lines with Republican voters giving, 58 percent of their vote to Fox News as the network they most trust, with 13 percent favoring CNN, 7 percent for NBC and CBS, 5 percent for ABC and 2 percent for MSNBC.
Some might be surprised that Democrats, had CNN as their top choice with 32 percent, 15 percent for NBC, 14 percent for CBS and MSNBC, and 8 percent for ABC. Only 3 percent trust Fox News most. Many people thought that the progressive leaning MSNBC would be the darlings of the Democrats but such is not the case and that could lead to big changes.
Brian Williams, who is serving a six month suspension from his anchor job at the “NBC Nightly News,” got a vote of confidence as 42 percent of the people thought he should be allowed to his duties. Meanwhile, 35 percent think that NBC News should not give him another chance after his suspension.
The other big media credibility story with Bill O’Reilly over at FOX News seems to a non story. 51 percent responded that they haven’t heard enough to say whether he should be fired, suspended or allowed to continued with FOX News.