Friday, December 17, 2010

Study Finds Fox News Viewers Most Misinformed

In a recent study conducted by World Public Opinion, viewers of Fox News were the most misinformed on the facts and that increased viewership of Fox led to even more misinformed individuals.
Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely), most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points), the economy is getting worse (26 points), most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points), the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points), their own income taxes have gone up (14 points), the auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points), when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points) and that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points). The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it--though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican.
Did you expect anything different?

1 comment:

  1. This is hardly surprising. Faux News does not deliver news. It only airs stories which are deliberately slanted to fit its agenda. How is could you keep Glenn the Idiot on television. Anyone who watches him and his ilk are not dealing with reality.


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