According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, U.S. likely voters consider Fox News the most-trusted major news source.
In the national poll, conducted July 5-7 and 9, voters were asked the following question:
“Which one of the following news organizations do you trust the most?”
Given a choice of six top news sources, a quarter of all likely voters say Fox News is the news organization they most trust:
- Fox News: 25%,
- CNN: 13%,
- MSNBC 12%,
- ABC: 7%,
- NBC: 7%,
- CBS: 6%
However, another quarter (25%) of respondents reported not trusting any news source at all (“None of the above.”) Four percent say they’re “not sure.”
Americans’ distrust of the news they’re getting has been trending downward, as CNSNews has previously reported. And, in May, a majority of likely U.S. voters, 59%, said they agree that “The media are ‘truly the enemy of the people?’”
The results of the latest poll are ironic given that, on Wednesday, three former Fox executives apologized for inadvertently helping create Fox News’ “disinformation machine.”
Preston Padden, Ken Solomon, and Bill Reyner issued a formal apology claiming that Fox News is a news source “no reasonable person would believe” and that it has had “many negative impacts on our society.”
But, as it turns out, while Americans largely don’t news media, when they do, it is most likely a right-leaning news source like Fox.
However, this trend did not apply to young voters. In fact, it seemed to be quite the opposite.
A quarter (25%) of Gen Z and Millennial voters reported trusting CNN more than any other news source! This was even higher than the share of young voters who claimed they trusted none (19%).
What’s more, the problem of slanted news is getting worse, a strong majority of voters report.
Fully 58% say “the problem of bias in the news media” is getting worse – more than four times the 13% who say it’s getting better.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe the problem of bias in the news media is getting worse, compared to just 13% who think it’s getting better. Twenty-six percent (26%) say the media bias problem is about the same as usual.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans, 42% of Democrats and 65% of voters not affiliated with either major party say bias media bias is getting worse.
The survey also found that that all three cable networks are taken more seriously than the three broadcast networks, as only six percent report trusting CBS News the most and just seven percent say they trust NBC or ABC News the most.
Editor's Note: Sarah Prentice contributed to this report.