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Yes it is. The Liberal number of 14% is a few percent lower than the national average, the Conservative number is just about right on. So you can rightly quibble about a few % for the Liberals and adjust the numbers a touch if you like - but the overall concept that they polled a lot more Conservatives than Liberals is correct and valid polling given that there was a 40-20 split a few months ago and that has almost certainly widened slightly since then. But even at 40-20, the polling is off slightly but not by a significant order of magnitude. You certainly wouldn't expect a 50-50 split of those polled when that's not close to representative of the country; well, maybe you would but you'd be wrong.
One certainly would expect the 40/21 split reflected in the polls, just not a 39/15 split, underrepresenting self-identifying liberals by over 25% (i.e., counting fewer than 3/4 of self-identified liberals). The split in the polls results in 39% to call themselves moderate or other (35% moderate). The split here results in 36% left over to the "others."
PRINCETON, NJ -- Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S. since 2008, returning it to a level last seen in 2004. The 21% calling themselves liberal is in line with findings throughout this decade, but is up from the 1990s.
So yes, it's a bad sampling, but assuming that the conservative (but not "very conservative") pollees would still be fox watchers, it does not by itself explain their results (much of their results, sure, just not all of them.)
The real networks that do journalism poll behind Fox here. Well, if that's really what America's watching and trusting, we have issues.
It's somewhat heartening to read the pleading request at the end of their news release begging to do interviews, of course, just as it's heartening to see that they're clearly working with a skewed sample.
But yeah, anybody who cares about such things with two brain cells to rub together should be worried about a clearly ideological network overtaking the objective news sources in popularity, if not (as this poll purports to show) trustworthiness.
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Why do you think conservative flock to FOX? The left owns most of the news, they have no other choice. You just can't see it cause maybe they are not liberal enough. If MSNBC is not a liberal news outlet FOX is not a conservative outlet. If anything Patters, MSNBC is more left then FOX is right.
No matter. Opinions and such, only our own really ever matters to oneself.
If you think Fox is the most trusted news outlet then obviously you think that the other networks lean left. That said, liberals don't agree. Yes, some of the other networks are more moderate or even have one or two left leaning pundits and reporters, but they are not 99% left. Your view of MSNBC is not the perception of left wingers. As far as Fox goes, many of their big names have solid conservative and Republican credentials.
I think it's ridiculous to believe that when you have a diehard activist conservatives running a news network it's going to be fair or balanced. I suppose in a cynical way, I trust them, too. I trust them to consistently distort the news to push a conservative ideology.
Love it how libs quickly label facts as meaningless when the truth doesn't fit into their agenda or wacky world view.
Sorry there, Pat, but FOX is the most trusted and most watched. Just as when you learned there was not tooth fairy or Santa Clause, you need to just accept it, then get over it. Sometime the truth hurts. Chalk it up to edification.
Fox is watched primarily by conservatives, who trust it because it feeds them what they want to hear. Your defense of Fox I believe supports that view. Personally, and I've said this before, I think CNN may be the fairest because both liberals and conservatives complain about it all the time.