While Americans hold a more negative than positive view of the news media (43 percent vs. 33 percent), Fox News ranks as the most objective information source, according to the Gallup/Knight Foundation’s “American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy” survey released Jan. 16.
Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of the 19,000 people surveyed put Fox on top, followed by CNN (13 percent) and NPR (10 percent).
Other media cited were local news and BBC (5 percent each), MSNBC (four percent) and PBS/NBC/New York Times/ABC (three percent).
Sixty percent of Republicans rate Fox as objective, while African-American (28 percent) respondents are CNN’s biggest base of support.
Nearly three-in-four (73 percent) of respondents believe the spread of “fake news” on the Internet is a major problem with news coverage.
The poll found that most Americans believe that false information is deliberately spread as news.
Forty percent of Republicans polled view any accurate information that casts politicians or political groups in a negative light as “fake news.”