CNN may call itself "the most trusted name in news," but when it comes to information about President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, more Americans trust Fox News, a new study suggests.
According to a YouGov survey conducted earlier this month, 19 percent of those polled said Fox News was the most trusted source of information on Obamacare. The top-rated cable network came in ahead of "Friends and Family" (17 percent), Obama (11 percent) and National Public Radio (10 percent) in YouGov's results.
Just 3 percent said they trust CNN and MSNBC for information on the new health care law, slightly less than trust Republicans in Congress (4 percent) and slightly more than congressional Democrats (2 percent).
Among Republicans, nearly half (45 percent) named Fox News as their most-trusted source of Obamacare news, with "Friends and Family" (19 percent) a distant second. By comparison, just 7 percent of Democrats polled said they trust Fox News on Obamacare.
But while Fox News is more trusted on the Affordable Care Act than all other major cable news channels, lawmakers and Obama himself, it is not as well-trusted as local TV news, the poll found.
When asked how much trust they had in each source of news, 45 percent of the respondents said they trusted local cable news "a lot" or "some," compared to 33 percent who said "not too much" or "not at all" — a net rating of 12, compared to Fox News' 4 net rating.
That Obama is among the least trusted is not surprising, given his health care-related campaign promise — that Americans who liked their existing health care insurance plans could keep them — was cast into doubt. (The YouGov poll was conducted prior to Obama's recent public apology about the rollout of Obamacare.)
That Fox News is more trusted than its cable news rivals on Obamacare shouldn't be surprising, either. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted earlier this year found Fox News was the most trusted television news source in the country.
The same poll, though, found Fox was also the least trusted.
Click here for the full results of YouGov's survey.
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