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