A new survey released today from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows a plurality Americans do not trust Fox News. The poll is certainly bad for Fox News, but the same poll also shows that Americans trust the other cable news networks even less.
When PPP did the same survey in 2010 the polling organization found 49 percent of voters trusted Fox News compared to 37 percent who did not. In 2013, just 41 percent of voters trust Fox News compared to 46 percent who do not. The poll reveals that 70 percent of Republican voters still trust the “fair and balanced” network. The fall in Fox News trustworthiness can be almost wholly attributed to a loss of faith among independents and Democrats.
The PPP survey did not ask voters why they did not trust Fox News. The drop in credit worthiness may have been attributed to the 2012 presidential election. Numerous Fox News contributors like Dick Morris and Karl Rove predicted an overwhelming victory for Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney. President Obama ended up winning the election by a substantial margin, but Rove still refused to admit defeat on the night of the election when every other network had called the race for Obama.
Even with their poor ratings, a plurality still consult Fox News as the outlet they “trust the most.” 34 percent say they trust Fox News the most, compared to 13 percent for PBS, 12 percent for CNN, 11 percent for ABC, 8 percent for MSNBC, 6 percent for CBS, and 5 percent for Comedy Central and NBC.
Overall, the poll shows that Americans do not trust cable news at all, but Fox News appears to have suffered the most over the last two years.