Thursday, February 7, 2013

Statistic Of The Day: Fair And Balanced Becomes Divisive And Distrusted Edition

The Daily Beast flags a Public Policy Poll about citizens' trust in television news. The results show an unsurprising divide.
Among Democrats, 72 percent trust PBS, with only 11 percent in the distrust category. Following next were NBC (61 percent trust, 16 percent distrust); MSNBC (58 to 19 percent); CBS (54 to 16 percent); CNN, . . .  (57 to 21 percent); ABC (51 to 16 percent), and—yes—Comedy Central (38 to 28 percent).
Among Republicans, 27 percent trust PBS and 48 percent distrust it. Following next were NBC (18 to 66 percent); CNN (17 to 66 percent); ABC (14 to 70 percent); MSNBC (12 to 68 percent); CBS (15 to 72 percent), and Comedy Central (8 to 66 percent).
According to the poll, 46% of the respondents mistrust Fox News; however, "Democrats trust most television news other than Fox, and Republicans don’t trust anything but Fox."

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