WASHINGTON – Tina Fey takes the lead in the race to replace Jon Stewart.
At least that’s what registered voters told Quinnipiac University when it asked them about national news networks in a poll taken last week.
“Tina Fey, with her dead-on take on Sarah Palin, is the darling of 26 percent of Democrats,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a press release.
Fey leads in the polls with women and Democrats, but Miller is popular with Republicans and men.
Less popular contenders include former “Daily Show” reporter and “Last Week Tonight” anchor John Oliver, former host of “The Late Late Show” Craig Ferguson, “Chelsea Lately” host Chelsea Handler and Brian Williams.
Williams is a popular choice for more than one anchor desk. Williams was suspended from “NBC Nightly News” after it became evident that he exaggerated a story while reporting in Iraq, but Americans do not think this should cost him his job. Forty-two percent of voters polled thought Williams should be allowed to return to the newscast.
The university asked if network TV news is as trustworthy as it was in the days of Walter Cronkite. Almost half of the people polled said the news is not as trustworthy.
“American news watchers long for an era where the person in the big chair could be truly trusted,” Malloy said.
Some Americans do think network news can be trusted. Fox News wins that title. Twenty percent say they trust the news source “a great deal.”
Fox is exceedingly popular with Republican viewers. Almost 60 percent of those in the poll said they trust the network.
Following closely behind is CNN with 18 percent. NBC, ABC and CBS all tie in the public’s opinion of trustworthiness. MSNBC brings up the rear with 11 percent of Americans saying they have “a great deal” of trust in the station.
Network news takes a back seat to local news. Nineteen percent of those polled said they trust local news “a great deal,” and more than 50 percent said they trust it “somewhat.”
Quinnipiac University conducted the survey from Feb. 26 to March 2. Interviewers called almost 1,300 registered voters nationwide. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
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