NBC’s Holt most trusted in broadcast news; Fox’s Carlson most liked among Republicans: poll

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt is the most trusted television in broadcast news, according to a poll by the Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult released Tuesday.

The poll also found Fox News host Tucker Carlson is the most popular TV personality among Republicans with a net favorability of 31 percentage points. In contrast, Fox News chief anchor Shepard Smith is the least-liked talent on Fox News in delivering just a 2-point positive margin in net favorability.

Holt, 59, is trusted “a lot” by 32 percent of respondents. ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts are also trusted “a lot” by 28 percent each by respondents.

“Trust is at the heart of what we do,” Holt told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview before taking a veiled shot at President Trump.

“The recent sustained attacks on the truth remind us how precious that is,” he added. “To me, there is no higher honor than to have earned that trust.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper is the most trusted in cable news, according to the poll, clocking in with 29 percent of those polled saying he’s very trustworthy.

Cable news hosts more on the opinion side not surprisingly don’t fare well in the poll, with 30 percent saying they don’t trust Fox’s Sean Hannity “at all.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow doesn’t score much better, with 26 percent not trusting her at all. CNN’s Don Lemon is his network’s most untrustworthy host, with 25 not trusting him at all.

Fox News’s Harris Faulkner scored the highest trust numbers at her network, with 24 percent trusting her “a lot.”

“The Ingraham Angle” host Laura Ingraham is the most-liked female at Fox News with a plus-26 rating. “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt finishes just behind Ingraham with a plus-25 rating.

Overall, more than 3-in-10, 31 percent, of those polled trust the major television news networks “a lot,” which is four points higher than cable news, which comes in at 27 percent.

“I’m not at all surprised that broadcast newscasters have more credibility than cable because cable has increasingly gone to the opinionated model over the last few years,” University of Maryland broadcast journalism professor Mark Feldstein, a veteran of ABC News and CNN, told THR.

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