Pew: Fox News Channel America’s No.1 Source for TV News

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 23, 2011 | 3:37pm EDT

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( - The Fox News Channel beat out local television and CNN as Americans' number one source of television news on national and international issues, according to a survey published Thursday by the Pew Research Center for The People & The Press.

In the survey, which was conducted July 20-24, Pew asked 1,501 American adults whether they got most of their television news on national and international issues from local television, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, or if television was not a main source of news for them.

Fox came out on top with 19 percent saying they got most of their TV news there. That was followed by local television at 16 percent, CNN at 15 percent, NBC at 10 percent, ABC at 8 percent, CBS at 7 percent, and MSNBC at 6 percent.

The 4-point difference between Fox News and CNN was greater than the Pew survey’s margin of error, which was +/-3.5.

Thirty-four percent said that television was not a main source of news for them.

Pew has been asking Americans where they get most of their television news since January 2002. Back then, CNN led with 28 percent followed by Fox News with 16 percent and local television with 16 percent.

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