TV news you most trust?
Cable news channels are on all the time and in a constant cycle but a large number of Americans still get their news from the traditional broadcast networks evening news program. We wanted to know which of those broadcast programs do you trust the most. In a Poll Position scientific telephone survey 28% picked the NBC Nightly News, 21% chose ABC World News Tonight and 14% said they trusted the CBS Evening News the most. Thirty-eight percent did not have an opinion.
Among political respondents NBC came out on top. Twenty-four percent of Republicans chose NBC as most trusted, 20% picked ABC and 7% selected the CBS Evening News. Forty-nine percent did not offer an opinion.
Democrats said the NBC Nightly News was most trusted by 33%, ABC World News Tonight came in second with 25% and CBS Evening News was the third choice at 21%. Twenty-one percent of Democrats did not have an opinion.
Independents also picked NBC Nightly News as most trusted by 28%, ABC was second with 18% and CBS was third with 21%. Among Independents 42% did not offer an opinion.
Men and women had the network newscasts in the same order but by different margins. Women picked NBC by 32% to 24% for ABC and 11% for CBS. Thirty-three percent of women did not have an opinion. Men also went with the NBC Nightly News with 24% saying it was most trusted, 18% chose ABC and 16% selected CBS. Among men, 42% had no opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,130 registered voters nationwide was conducted October 18, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%.
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