A Brookings and Public Religion Research Institute study finds that of all TV news sources, Americans trust MSNBC the least. Huh? Well, there’s a little more to this.
According to this survey, Republicans fall into two camps: those who trust Fox News (The New Republic calls them Fox News Republicans) and those who don’t. However, Democrats are much more scattered about where they place their trust. Nearly a third (31 percent) trust the networks — CBS, NBC and ABC. About a quarter (26 percent) trust CNN. Public television was the choice for 14 percent. Then comes MSNBC at 10 percent. And The Daily Show pulls up the rear with nine percent.
Republicans are so polarized, TNR says, it impacts policy preferences, with non-Fox News Republicans falling more closely in line with Democrats and Independents, including on the issue of immigration, which is what the survey was largely questioning. For instance, only 42 percent of Fox News Republicans believe there should be a path to citizenship where 62 percent Non-Fox News Republicans believe there should be.
But more than that, the survey found that Fox News Republicans are uninformed on the immigration topic.
“Sixty four percent of Fox News Republicans wrongly believe that illegal immigration has increased during the past few years. Adults who most trust the broadcast [stations] do not excel at that question either: 46 percent believe that illegal immigration has increased. But that’s much better than Fox News viewers,” the article says.
The article wraps by cautioning that the Fox News “echo chamber” can lead to widespread misinformation and political candidates that have no chance of winning.
But let’s go back to the first part: MSNBC is the least trusted among television news sources? What do you think?