New Poll: Viewers Choose Fox News Over CNN as Most Trusted News Source

Katie Pavlich

4/30/2013 9:05:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

A new poll conducted by the Left leaning Huffington Post shows Fox News, not CNN, is America's choice for trustworthy news. The survey questions were based on the Boston Marathon bombing coverage of both networks. Newsbusters has the details:

During the poll, which was based on interviews of 1,000 adults last Friday and Saturday, the bad news for CNN began when people were asked how believable the news was from that channel during the Boston bombings. The biggest response was 35 percent stating “I don't watch CNN.”

As a result, 38 percent of the respondents said the channel was “very” or “somewhat” believable, and 21 percent said it was “not very” or “not at all believable.”

Also, MSNBC had no reason to smile since the poll indicated that 42 percent of the people polled “don't watch” the channel. In addition, the liberal channel fared poorly in the “very” or “somewhat” believable category with 35 percent.

However, the survey brought good news for the Fox News Channel, which had a 50 percent rating in the categories of “very” and “somewhat” believable even though 28 percent of those polled said they don't watch the cable news outlet, which is far less than its competitors.

During the week of the Boston Marathon bombings, Fox News topped all cable in ratings, further verifying the polling above.

Fox News beat out all other cable programming in total viewership last week during its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

In both total day and primetime totals for the week of April 15-21, Fox beat out cable powerhouses like the USA Network (which typically ranks first), the History Channel, A&E, and Nickelodeon. Election coverage notwithstanding, the last time a news network ranked first among all cable was nearly a decade ago during coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Standing atop the primetime total viewership rankings, Fox accrued 2.87M average for the week, beating out second-place USA’s 2.62M. CNN also experienced a ratings boost, finishing third among all primetime cable with 1.99M average. MSNBC, however, finished in 19th-place with 923k average.