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News 2012/06/28 16:00:00
CNN reported a massive drop in viewership this year, losing more than a third of its total audience. Fox News, on the other hand, is floating along nicely, only dropping about 1%. But we wanted to know how viewership looked at the ground level. What percentage of the public watches major news networks? We asked the public to find out.

As ratings predicted, Fox News came out on top. However, even more respondents shunned the entire batch. That's evidence of two things. First, the so-called "major" news networks are hardly satisfactory outlets for news. They might have the most viewers, but as with the music charts, a high rating doesn't mean high quality. Second, it suggests most people are getting their news from alternative sources, because it's unlikely all these people are just ignoring world events completely. They're just sick of the major outlets. One commenter put it best: "If I want to hear nothing but lies, I'll talk to my ex wife."

Conservatives Back Fox

Naturally, all of these stations deny these claims of bias. Whether or not that's true is really a matter of opinion, but what is clear is that their viewers do lean. 77% of conservatives voted Fox, compared to 0% of liberals and progressives; 31% of liberals watch CNN or MSNBC, compared to 2% of conservatives. The vast majority of moderates (72%) avoid the major news channels all together.

The Internet Age

The reason "none of the above" was such a popular choice was clear in the age breakdown: People under 35 don't watch the news. Below that age, the difference in support between major networks was negligible. About two-thirds of them refused to pick one. And we think the reason for this is pretty obvious, too. Do they really expect us to wait 'til 11 when we could just check our personalized feed?

Alternative Sources

Simply saying that "the Internet" is an alternative source of news isn't specific enough. We wanted to see what other people were watching specifically. A quick glance through the comments revealed: YouTube, The Onion, Al Jazeera, C-SPAN, local news, college radio, The Weather Channel, and there were even a few hits for The History Channel.

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  • JWnTX 2012/06/28 16:42:07
    Funny how the liberals seem to be the experts on the alleged bias at Fox News, yet they never watch it. Of course, there have been studies--Pew Research, USC, and UCLA studies--that show that of all the networks, cable and broadcast, Fox News was the most balanced in the 2008 election. But don't bother bringing that up to a lib. They're so invested in their alternate reality that they could never bring themselves to admit that they've been wrong. Here's a great insight into the liberal mindset (this particular one refers to the end of the old Soviet Union, but it's just as applicable to our own leftists and their chosen faith):

    Vital resistance and resentment are the two main responses to the events of 1989. Vital resistance: the mind realizes its mistake – it admits, for example, that nationalization of the means of production does not produce a happy society, but rather laziness and constant shortages; it refuses, however, to let go of the idea because of its passionate attachment to it. Existence – adventures, friendships, successes – is nourished and permeated by this belief to such an extent that the belief becomes an identity; the individual cannot renounce it without committing a kind of symbolic suicide. No one can admit… that his existence reflects the echo of a failure.--Chantal Delsol, "Unlearned Lessons of the Twentieth Century"--hat tip to Ward Dorrity

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  • jere.chievres 2012/11/23 17:45:00
    The Fox station in My Local area only. Red Ted Turner is an idiot,or Hanoi Jane neutered the poor B@$TARD !
  • nerak611 2012/11/17 23:04:07
    I don't watch Fox News. I either catch the local news, on NBC, C-Span, or get it off the internet.
  • BUD LITE 2012/11/01 09:34:34
    Fox !!
  • boo63 2012/10/13 08:03:47
    Fox and BBC
  • mac9 2012/09/07 15:50:21
    FOX news is reliable. You get the real deal there hence the success.
  • nickasatourian 2012/08/22 17:17:18
    American news? Please! Fox is ran by Jews. CNN is ran by Jews. NBC, ABC CBS, BBC, CBC, all ran by Jews. Now, Al Jazeera is ran by Jewish CNN too. It was once the best news source on earth. Exposing American war crimes, Jewry and corruption. The only real source of news left is RT and LaRouche. RT has become phenomenal. On iPad, iPhone, and Roku and its owned by the Russian State. NOT FOR SALE! RT= WIN!
  • Fredrick House 2012/08/07 23:07:42
    Fredrick House
    I want to know something about the demographics of the so called "undecided 10% of voters for the 2012 General Election. No doubt they will decide the Election.
  • joan` 2012/08/01 16:03:31
    I watched Hardball the other night. Chris Matthews came out and said Bill and Hilary will run as a team.
  • Jorge Enriquez 2012/07/28 17:20:30
  • David 2012/07/06 12:06:04
    Be ready for anything, http://www.fullmoonsurvival.com/ God Bless you all.
  • mary 2012/07/06 02:03:25
    I do not watch any news channel. I keep up with current affairs by watching Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • Katie1234 mary 2012/07/07 03:31:18 (edited)
    oh! he's a genius (sarcasm). i love how bill maher can call a gal the god awful c word and no one cares, but when rush limbaugh calls a girl a slut the whole world errupts. honestly (and i think most people will agree) the c word is just as bad as slut! mary, ur rackin up some REAL facts there. (sarcasm) lol
  • boo63 Katie1234 2012/10/13 07:55:35
    Well said:)
  • Katie1234 boo63 2012/10/21 05:03:08
    Thank you!
  • lcky9 2012/07/03 17:21:37
    I watch (listen to) FOX most.. local television 1 hour a day (have to see how many people in CHICAGO are shooting each other)..and the weather outlook.. than the rest of the news I get on the internet.. DRUDGE report .. Blaze.. I even go to liberal website.. everyone needs a good laugh in a day..
  • Sebastiaan Oosterveld 2012/07/03 16:37:31
  • Buoyant Leadraft 2012/07/03 08:38:19
    Buoyant Leadraft

    You have to have a pretty low IQ to watch FOX NEWS that's a given.
  • betz Buoyant... 2012/07/03 11:35:42
    Exclude me on that one. I am an educated person who never ever misses FoxNews.
  • America... betz 2012/07/07 05:18:52
  • betz America... 2012/07/07 09:54:29 (edited)
    And a proud one at that. :)
  • America... betz 2012/07/07 12:09:47
  • betz America... 2012/07/07 12:18:25
    "Well a shouldn't be????"
  • America... betz 2012/07/07 12:26:22
  • Mattynr America... 2012/10/10 06:05:09
    Conservative does not relate to unstable, in reality it is the driving force for stability.
  • America... Mattynr 2012/10/12 15:59:58
  • Mattynr America... 2012/10/13 04:23:28
    That is a reflection of Republicans, as Party platform, but conservative is the balance, the stability that belongs to both parties, just as liberal belongs to both parties.
  • boo63 Mattynr 2012/10/13 08:00:22 (edited)
    Great job there. America couldn't make a comeback after your last statement. Two thumbs up
  • AnonRanGER 2012/07/01 17:25:43 (edited)
    America, I weep for thee... although maybe it's a good sign that most people watch NONE of the major news networks, but those who do... I weep for thee.
  • TasselLady 2012/07/01 13:18:44
    Yep. Just turn on the television and you'll see ALL of it!!!
  • El Prez 2012/07/01 10:18:50
    El Prez
    NPYV is probably the closest we get to unbniasede news. Few watch. Intelligence calls for information. Opinion only calls for someone to back yout theory
  • Fariborz-Zak 2012/07/01 07:37:54
  • Ozymandias 2012/06/30 21:03:08
  • SethJackson81 2012/06/30 20:09:53
    It`s good to see the anti-white media outlets losing audience.They`ve been pushing the mass immigration and "assimilation" only for white countries agenda harder and harder in recent years.Us white and normal folk are waking up.Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.
  • Grammar... SethJac... 2012/07/04 09:47:47
    Grammar Freak
    Gimme a break.
  • DavidK 2012/06/30 17:59:02
    funny how all of the "none of the above" voters are Obama supporters also!
  • Grammar... DavidK 2012/07/04 09:51:10
    Grammar Freak
    Now, what in the hell would cause you to come to that ridiculous conclusion?

    I don't watch any of those networks & the last thing I am is an Obama supporter.
  • DavidK Grammar... 2012/07/05 15:30:13
    A vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for Obama!
  • Grammar... DavidK 2012/07/08 16:59:37
  • DavidK Grammar... 2012/07/08 18:01:07 (edited)
    and seeing the path that Obama has us on, what is he going to do to benefit our Country?!?!?!?!? He will have to do a 180 if he plans on moving our Country forward........... MOST don't believe he wants to go in that direction.
    Sad thing is, if your direction is heading for Socialism or beyond, keep voting for Obama.
  • Grammar... DavidK 2012/07/08 23:16:05
    Grammar Freak
    What is your problem?
    How many times do I have to repeat myself to you?
    I do not like Obama.
    I have never liked Obama.
    You saying I like Obama does not make it true.
    I simply do not like Romney any more than I do Obama.
    To me, one is just as bad as the other.

    I have to remember not to talk with you anymore. You continually say the same ridiculous thing over & over & it's unbelievably boring.
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