A newly released poll may be evidence that conservative Americans are abandoning Fox News as President Donald Trump and his allies accuse the network of going soft.
The poll: A Morning Consult survey released on Thursday found that the number of Republicans who view Fox favorably fell from 67% prior to Nov. 3, to 54% just one week after Election Day.
- Meanwhile, the average share of Republicans who view the network unfavorably has nearly doubled, to 30%.
- In recent weeks, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” has beat out rival Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends” in total viewership numbers, something that hasn’t occurred in almost 20 years.
Why are viewers turning off Fox News? While Trump has been critical of Fox News in the past, a series of recent coverage decisions at the network appear to have intensified the president’s ire and prompted him to urge viewers to tune into Newsmax and One America News.
- Trump and his supporters have slammed the network for what they perceive as a failure to refute biased criticism against the president, particularly with regard to alleged widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
- The president and his supporters were outraged after Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden on election night well before most other networks.
- Trump supporters were similarly incensed when Fox News cut away from a Nov. 9 press conference held by Kayleigh McEnany, during which the White House Press Secretary accused Democrats of welcoming “voter fraud” and “illegal voting.”
Trump’s revenge? Trump is reportedly considering starting his own digital media empire to “wreck” Fox News.
- Fox News “daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE,” Trump tweeted in mid-November.
- “Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose,” he added.