Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fox News Wins In Trustworthyness.

Reported at Politico: Poll: Fox is most trusted name in news

Fox is the most trusted television news network in the country, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network.


That has to sting.

Worse yet, Public Policy Polling (PPP) is a Democrat affiliated polling company.

I have some concerns about the survey because it was a robot-poll, which typically excludes cell phone only households. Cell phone only households are a large and growing minority of eligible respondents. Excluding cell phone only households from a poll of this type can result in some misleading numbers.

PPP is a Democrat affiliated polling company known for its extreme partisanship. These are the same yucks that thought it would be fun to ask "Do you think that George Bush is the Antichrist?" and "Do you think that Barak Obama is the Antichrist?" and then report results that were almost identical as a slam against Republicans. In a survey that acknowledges a +/-3.9% margin of error, a 2 point difference is no difference at all. These are the kind of snotty hacks that give polling a bad name.


  1. Interestingly, they were the first polling outfit I heard say that Brown was ahead in this month's Massachusetts election. At the time (I think it was going on three weeks ago) I figured it was a scare tactic to try and shake Bay State Democrats out of their complacency. Turns out it was more self-fulfilling prophecy.

  2. Their polling was good in the Brown/Coakley race.

    A polling company can produce good numbers and still be run by partisan hacks.

    They are very left-of-center in their outlook, at least as it is revealed on their blog and in their comments about their surveys to the media.

    At this point, so long as we can see the survey questions and the question results, we can trust their numbers. Their commentary and political analysis on the other hand is not worth shit.


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