Dems give high marks to CNN, Republicans rank Fox No. 1 in media credibility poll

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A new poll shows a party-line split on how the public views certain media outlets.

{mosads}On one ideological side of the Morning Consult poll, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and The New York Times all enjoy high credibility ratings among Democrats, ranging from a 76 percent to 79 percent of those surveyed finding the outlets very credible or credible.

CBS and ABC were judged very credible or credible by 79 percent of the Democratic respondents in the poll, released Thursday.

Among Republicans, Fox News topped the list, with 79 percent saying it is very credible or credible.

Another 21st Century Fox outlet, The Wall Street Journal, finished second among Republicans.

A large contrast was also seen when respondents were asked about CNN.

Democratic respondents gave the network high marks.

The network’s credibility rating dropped among Republicans, however, with only 51 percent of those responding finding the network credible 

The same pattern can be found among Democrats pertaining to Fox News.

On the print side, The Huffington Post saw the biggest split down party lines, with just 17 percent of those surveyed on the Democratic side finding the progressive outlet not credible and 59 percent saying it was credible.

Republicans, however, have a much different view. Forty percent found HuffPo to be not credible, while 37 percent found the publication to be credible.

The new poll comes two months after Gallup found Americans overall have their lowest trust in the media since it started asking questions about it in 1972.

Just 32 percent of those polled by Gallup — and only 14 percent of Republicans — found the media trustworthy.

In contrast, Gallup’s 1976 poll showed 72 percent of Americans trusted the media in the period following the Watergate scandal and The Washington Post reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein that helped take down the Nixon administration.


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