March 9, 2015 - Fox News Has Most Trusted Coverage, Or Not, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Tina Fey, Dennis Miller Top Choices To Replace Stewart Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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FOX News offers the most trusted network and cable news coverage, 29 percent of American voters say, when asked to compare the major TV news outlets in a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. But when network news is examined on a case-by-case basis, FOX drops in the ratings.

In the comparison rankings, CNN gets 22 percent, with NBC News and CBS News at 10 percent each, 8 percent for ABC News and 7 percent for MSNBC, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

When asked, "Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by FOX News," 20 percent of U.S. voters say "a great deal" and 35 percent say "somewhat." Scores for other networks are:
  • NBC News - 14 percent "a great deal" and 46 percent "somewhat;"
  • ABC News - 14 percent "a great deal" and 50 percent "somewhat;"
  • CBS News - 14 percent "a great deal" and 50 percent "somewhat;"
  • MSNBC - 11 percent "a great deal" and 41 percent "somewhat;"
  • CNN - 18 percent "a great deal" and 43 percent "somewhat."
The big winner is local television news, trusted by 19 percent of voters "a great deal" and by 52 percent "somewhat."

"FOX News may be the most trusted in the network and cable news race, but they all take a back seat to your local news," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

In the comparison chart, FOX News is definitely the Republican choice as 58 percent of GOP voters say they trust FOX the most, while 13 percent turn to CNN, with 7 percent each for NBC and CBS, 5 percent for ABC and 2 percent for MSNBC.

Only 3 percent of Democrats trust FOX the most, with 32 percent for CNN, 15 percent for NBC, 14 percent each for CBS and MSNBC and 8 percent for ABC.

FOX tops CNN 34 - 18 percent among men, with women divided 25 - 25 percent. Voters 18 to 34 years old trust CNN more than FOX 33 - 21 percent, while voters 35 to 54 years old go to FOX 29 - 21 percent and voters over 55 years old trust FOX more 34 - 17 percent.

American voters say 48 - 7 percent that network TV news is less trustworthy than in the days of Walter Cronkite, while 35 percent say it is about as trustworthy.

Brian Williams should be allowed to come back as NBC Nightly News anchor, voters say 42 - 35 percent.

FOX News' Bill O'Reilly should be fired over allegations of inaccuracies in past reporting, 12 percent of voters say, as 11 percent say he should be suspended, 23 percent say he should stay and 51 percent haven't heard enough about this to form an opinion.

"Bring back Uncle Walter, as Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly get lukewarm support for their journalistic indiscretions. American news watchers long for an era where the person in the big chair could be truly trusted," Malloy said. "And that's the way it is."

Replacing Jon Stewart

For 19 percent of voters, Tina Fey is the top choice to replace Jon Stewart, with 16 percent for Dennis Miller, 8 percent for John Oliver, 7 percent each for Brian Williams and Craig Ferguson and 5 percent for Chelsea Handler.

There are gender and age gaps. Fey tops Miller 23 - 12 percent among women, while men go to Miller 21 - 15 percent. Voters 18 to 34 years old go 27 percent for Fey, 12 percent for Oliver, 10 percent for Handler and 9 percent each for Ferguson and Miller. Older voters are divided between Fey and Miller.

"Two comedians, both former Saturday Night Live mock news readers, lead the pack to fill Jon Stewart's chair," Malloy said. "Dennis Miller is the favorite of 24 percent of Republicans. Tina Fey, with her dead-on take on Sarah Palin, is the darling of 26 percent of Democrats."

From February 26 - March 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,286 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

55. (Intro Q55-61: How much do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by the following TV News sources.) Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by - NBC News a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
A great deal         14%     9%    23%    12%     9%    18%    17%    12%    14%
Somewhat             46     38     59     45     41     52     48     48     46
Not so much          18     28      8     20     24     13     19     16     19
Not at all           18     22      5     20     22     14     13     23     17
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      4      4      4      1      5
 
 
56. (Intro at Q55) Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by - ABC News a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
A great deal         14%    10%    22%    10%    11%    16%    18%    11%    15%
Somewhat             50     44     59     52     45     55     52     55     47
Not so much          17     24      9     19     20     15     15     16     18
Not at all           14     17      5     15     19      9     11     14     14
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      5      5      4      3      6
 
 
57. (Intro at Q55) Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by - CBS News a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
A great deal         14%    10%    20%    13%    13%    16%    18%    12%    15%
Somewhat             50     47     61     45     45     55     53     54     48
Not so much          17     23      8     20     20     14     12     17     17
Not at all           15     17      5     18     18     12     13     16     15
DK/NA                 4      3      5      4      4      4      3      2      5
 
 
58. (Intro at Q55) Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by - MSNBC a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
A great deal         11%     6%    22%     7%     8%    14%    10%    11%    13%
Somewhat             41     34     56     37     39     43     49     42     38
Not so much          16     17      9     24     17     15     23     13     14
Not at all           24     37      7     25     30     19     16     30     25
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      5      9      3      4     10
 
 
59. (Intro at Q55) Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by - CNN a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
A great deal         18%    14%    26%    17%    13%    22%    29%    15%    16%
Somewhat             43     36     54     42     42     44     36     44     45
Not so much          16     20      6     19     18     13     15     17     15
Not at all           18     25      7     19     22     14     18     21     16
DK/NA                 6      6      7      4      4      7      3      3      9
 
 
60. (Intro at Q55) Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by - Fox News a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
A great deal         20%    35%    11%    17%    19%    22%    14%    16%    28%
Somewhat             35     45     27     32     34     37     38     36     34
Not so much          14     11     16     20     18     10     19     17     10
Not at all           26      5     44     28     26     25     27     28     23
DK/NA                 4      4      3      3      2      6      3      2      6
 
 
61. (Intro at Q55) Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by - local television news a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
A great deal         19%    16%    24%    17%    18%    20%    15%    17%    23%
Somewhat             52     54     55     51     50     54     53     54     51
Not so much          14     16     14     14     16     13     17     13     14
Not at all           11     11      5     14     12     10     13     13      8
DK/NA                 3      4      3      4      4      3      2      3      4
 
 
62. Whose news coverage do you trust the most: NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
NBC News             10%     7%    15%     9%     6%    13%     8%    12%     9%
ABC News              8      5      8      9      7      8      8      8      7
CBS News             10      7     14     10     12      8     11      9     11
MSNBC                 7      2     14      6      7      7      5      8      7
CNN                  22     13     32     22     18     25     33     21     17
Fox News             29     58      3     25     34     25     21     29     34
DK/NA                15      9     13     19     15     14     14     12     15
 
 
63. Do you think the information you get from national network TV news such as NBC, CBS, or ABC is more trustworthy than in the days of Walter Cronkite, less trustworthy or about as trustworthy?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
More                  7%     7%     8%     6%     7%     7%     8%     6%     8%
Less                 48     56     36     53     53     43     34     52     51
About as trustworthy 35     28     46     34     31     38     42     32     34
DK/NA                10     10     10      7      8     12     16     10      7
 
 
64. Do you think NBC News should or should not allow Brian Williams to return to anchor NBC Nightly News?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Should           42%    33%    52%    43%    40%    43%    39%    45%    41%
No/Should not        35     42     28     36     40     31     32     31     39
DK/NA                24     25     20     20     20     26     28     24     20
 
 
65. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's depiction of his past reporting has been challenged as inaccurate by a number of news outlets. Do you think Bill O'Reilly should be fired, or should be suspended, or should be allowed to continue at Fox News, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Fired                12%     4%    21%    12%    13%    12%    16%     9%    13%
Suspended            11      8     18      9     12     10     16     10     11
Allowed to continue  23     30     11     27     26     19     15     24     25
Hvn't hrd enough     51     56     47     50     47     54     49     53     48
REFUSED               3      2      3      2      2      4      3      3      3
 
 
66. Who would you like to see replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show: Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, John Oliver, Craig Ferguson, Brian Williams or Dennis Miller?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Fey                  19%    14%    26%    20%    15%    23%    27%    21%    14%
Handler               5      4      7      2      3      6     10      5      2
Oliver                8      2     12     12     12      5     12      8      7
Ferguson              7      4      7      8      7      7      9      7      5
Williams              7      6     11      6      5      9      7      7      8
Miller               16     24      7     20     21     12      9     22     16
DK/NA                37     46     31     32     36     38     26     30     47