A new poll carried out by USA Today/Suffolk, released Sunday, says that just 34 percent of Trump voters listed the Fox News as their “most trusted source of news”—a 24 percent drop from the 58 percent that favored the network in October 2016, when 58% of former President Donald Trump supporters declared Fox News as their most trusted news source.
Two news outlets have increased in prominence among conservatives in recent months. Newsmax is now seen as the most trusted source of news among 17 percent of Trump supporters and One American News Network (OAN) among 9 percent.
“At the time of our October 2016 poll, OANN and Newsmax were barely 2 years old, so they were not offered as options,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said. “However, we do not believe that in 2016 they would have been trusted the most by a statistically significant portion of respondents.”
The survey also found that 92% of Newsmax viewers believe Joe Biden was “illegitimately elected” tune into Newsmax, and 90% of OANN watchers question the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.
In a Hill-HarrisX poll from earlier this month, 64% of Republicans said they would quit the GOP to follow Trump if he started a third party.
The Blaze reports,
Paleologos said the switch from longtime cable news powerhouse Fox News to these burgeoning alternatives is a “seismic shift in the landscape of trusted news sources for conservatives.” He added that despite the falling numbers, Fox News is still the “most trusted news network/media source among previously identified Trump voters.”Advertisement - story continues below
This continues a worrying trend for Fox News, which has seen its TV ratings drop ever since the 2020 presidential election. Fox News lost the primetime ratings war to CNN in the week after election night.
In the two weeks after the 2020 election, Fox News saw a drop of 32% in viewership in viewership among the coveted 25-54 age demographic during primetime.
During the week of the riots at the U.S. Capitol building in early January, perennial ratings champion Fox News fell to third place behind CNN and MSNBC.