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Survey: Fox Dominates Right-Leaning News Bubble

Fox News dominates among Republican and Republican-leaning viewers who get their political news only from outlets with like-minded audiences, while Democrats and leaners name multiple like-minded networks.

That is according to the latest snapshot from a Pew Research Center report on media and the 2020 election. It is based on a survey of 12,043 U.S. adults, all members of Pew's American Trends Panel. The survey was conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 11, 2019.

Among news consumers who get their news exclusively from outlets with like-minded viewers, Fox news claims 70% of that audience. For Democrat and left-leaning political consumers, CNN is the top outlet, but with only 21%, followed by NPR with 18% and the New York Times with 9%.

The Republicans in that "news bubble" as Pew calls that like-minded viewership cohort, 60% say they rely on their main source "far more" than other like-minded sources, while for Democrats only 30% said that about their main source.

Pew found that Democrats in a left-leaning bubble tend to be younger, well educated and less religiously observant, while right-leaning, attend to be less educated, older and religiously observant. 

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.