FOX NEWS LOY­ALTY

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Along with prob­ing pub­lic opin­ion on im­peach­ment, a new Suf­folk Uni­ver­sity/USA To­day poll ex­plored some in­trigu­ing find­ings about the na­tion’s TV watch­ers, and their po­lit­i­cal lean­ings. One of those di­men­sions was the ide­ol­ogy of the re­spon­dents ac­cord­ing to which ca­ble news or broad­cast net­work they “trust most.”

Cu­ri­ous? Among those who trust Fox News the most, 77% de­scribed them­selves as con­ser­va­tive, 19% were mod­er­ates and 6% lib­eral. Among those who trust CNN the most, 20% are con­ser­va­tive, 43% moder­ate and 35% lib­eral. And oh yes, among those who trust MSNBC, 9% are con­ser­va­tive, 32% moder­ate and 55% lib­eral.

By the way, among those who trust PBS the most, 9% are con­ser­va­tive, 38% moder­ate and 50% lib­eral. Among C-SPAN fans, 26% are con­ser­va­tive, 53% moder­ate and 23% lib­eral.

Lets peek at the “Big Three” broad­cast net­works as well. Among those who trust CBS the most, 14% are con­ser­va­tive, 61% moder­ate and 15% lib­er­als. Among NBC sans, 4% are con­ser­va­tive, 50% moder­ate and 30% lib­eral And among ABC folks, 19% are con­ser­va­tive, 54% moder­ate and 24% lib­eral. The sur­vey of 1,000 reg­is­tered U.S. vot­ers was con­ducted Oct. 23-26.

Be­yond mere cu­rios­ity, should we care about all these num­bers? Well, yes. There are a lot of moder­ate view­ers. But wait. With over three quar­ters of their view­er­ship weigh­ing in as con­ser­va­tive, Fox News has the most pro­nounced set of fans. At the same time, the net­work also dom­i­nates the en­tire ca­ble realm. Fox News is now mark­ing 40 con­sec­u­tive months as the most watched net­work in the en­tire ca­ble realm and has also bested ca­ble news ri­vals CNN and MSNBC for al­most 18 years in a row. Yes, 18 years. The im­pli­ca­tions also sug­gest that con­ser­va­tives qual­ify as a much cov­eted, loyal au­di­ence — and they show up. See the ‘FOXIFIED” item fur­ther down in the col­umn.

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Fox News con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate rat­ings across the en­tire ca­ble realm; a new poll finds that 77% of the net­work’s view­ers are con­ser­va­tive.

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