Monday, January 24, 2011

PPP Polling: Fox News slides downward in trust poll

PPP's annual look at the public's trust in various TV news outlets finds that Fox News' credibility is on the decline, that the traditional networks are seeing an up tick in their numbers, and that PBS is at the top of the heap.

-Democrats trust everything but Fox. Republicans don't trust anything but Fox. And independents don't trust much of anything. For Democrats 73% trust PBS, 64% NBC, 61% CBS, 60% CNN, 56% ABC, and 22% Fox. For Republicans 67% trust Fox, 29% PBS, 22% CNN, 21% NBC, 17% ABC, and 15% CBS. For independents 44% trust PBS, 36% Fox, 34% CNN, 33% NBC, 27% CBS, and 26% ABC.
PPP surveyed 632 American voters from January 14th to 16th. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.9%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.
Read the full story here.

Click the PPP icon below to view the crosstabs:

I don't usually comment on polls, but let me throw this observation out there.

This 2011 poll was taken in January 2011. Assuming the 2010 poll was taken in January of 2010, then both polls probably reflect the feelings of those participants over the previous years.

If this is true, could we see this large downward turn for Fox reflected in the employment and overexposure of the Fox 2012ers?


kelly said...

I think their days of being known as, "Fair and Balanced" when they got into the Queen/King making business.

kelly said...


I think their days of being known as, "Fair and Balanced" ended when they got into the Queen/King making business.

Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder why?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Kelly. They have become biased by promoting Palin, Huck, Newt, Santorum etc. etc.

phil said...

Kelly said it all!

Anonymous said...

Keep insulting FOX you's the only network that will be on Romney's side if he wins the nomination. You base your repulsion for FOX on one 12 in 12 series that Romney refused to be a part of and mainly because they didn't praise him as the second coming. Such silly people.


ConMan said...


Maybe it's because if Romney screwed up all the time like Palin, He wouldn't have fellow employees like O'Reilly and Hannity to do damage control.

Oh wait, Romney doesn't screw-up!

Anonymous said...

So Con, you base your distaste for an entire network due to how you conceive they treat Palin? speaks volumes.


marK said...

I am certainly not one of those who continually accuse PPP of putting their thumb on the scale in order to get the result they want to see, but in this case is certainly is tempting.

If Fox's trust quotient is declining, wouldn't that be reflected in their ratings? The last numbers I saw showed Fox News viewership increasing while their liberal competitors have been hemorrhaging viewers. Are we to believe that people like to watch news and opinions they don't trust?

Something doesn't quite add up here.

Ann said...

I stopped taking Fox seriously when I realized they were pushing for Palin, Huckabee, and Gingrich candidacies

Anonymous said...

They're not pushing for anyone's candidacies. FOX has contracted people that appear on their network. End of story. I'm sure Mitt was either offered or could have gotten the same position as one of the other three.

Where is this evidence that FOX pushing for Huck, Palin or Newt and trying to destroy Romney...paranoid much?

It really seems like there are 3 to 5 people on this site that keep playing the same Romney cards but don't know when to fold their hand.


marK said...


And some Palinites and Huckabites aren't doing the same thing? Are you saying that you never, ever bring up the old tried-and-true anti-Romney talking points against Mitt?

You are correct. I highly doubt that Fox is pushing Huckabee or Palin because those two work for them. However, I also do not doubt that professional courtesy and company loyalty would keep some of the other Fox commentators and opinion shows from being as critical as they might normally be towards Sarah and Mike. It is simply human nature to do so. However that is hardly "pushing" them.

All I can say is, if Mitt can't handle a few Fox commentators and opinion show hosts pulling a punch or two where his potential opponents are concerned, then he really doesn't belong in the race.

Bill589 said...

Especially recently, FOX has lost many Sarah Palin supporters as they try to undermine her support. A couple big names are Mitt supporters, and that shouldn’t be a problem, but I think that is their motivation to diminish SP.

Anonymous said...

Never have been a big FOX fan. Since Sarah came on board, their credibility has suffered. They obviously ordered softball treatment, and it's laughable at times.

I don't think Romney cares much about having FOX in his pocket, anyway.


OhioJOE said...

"I don't think Romney cares much about having FOX in his pocket, anyway." Move evidence of Mr. Romney's slide to the Left. Rather than move back to the Right, the Romneyites would sooner trash a Conservative news network. How pathetic. Is it any wonder that the Right Wing media have bailed on Mr. Romney?

Anonymous said...

It serves them right!


BOSMAN said...

"could we see this large downward turn for Fox reflected in the employment and overexposure of the Fox 2012ers? "

I'm sure it was a factor.