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    Tucker More Popular Than Fox News – And It’s Not Even Close

    Tucker Carlson speaks at the Heritage Foundation 50th anniversary gala Friday night in National Harbor, Maryland
    Tucker Carlson speaks at the Heritage Foundation 50th anniversary gala Friday night in National Harbor Maryland

    Tucker Carlson is viewed much more favorably than Fox News, the cable network that just let him go, among middle-aged and older voters, Republicans and conservatives, according to a new survey by Rasmussen Reports, a favorite polling firm on the right.

    The poll of 945 “likely voters” found that Carlson was viewed “very favorably” by 36% of those polled; 23% had a “somewhat favorable” view of the former Fox star, for a total of 59% holding a favorable view of Tucker.

    Rasmussen poll chart compares Tucker Carlsons favorable ratings to Fox News after the network ousted him The numbers represent the degree to which Carlson had a higher or lower favorability percentage of various voter groups polled Strongly disapprove are voters who say they strongly disapprove of President Biden Note that Carlson is viewed much more favorably than Fox News by conservatives and Republicans as well as other demographics Screenshot Twitter

    Compare that to Fox News: 24% have a “very favorable” view of the network, 28% “somewhat favorable,” for a total of 52% favorable.

    The survey was conducted by Rasmussen April 25-27. Carlson’s last show on Fox was Friday, April 21, and news of his ouster broke on Monday, April 24. The poll reports a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

    Rasmussen tweeted Friday: “Is this what blowback looks like? @FoxNews [vs.] @TuckerCarlson:

    • 40-64-year-olds – Carlson 19% more Very Favorable than FNC.
    • Republicans – Carlson 17% more Very Favorable than FNC.
    • Conservatives – Carlson 22% more Very Favorable than FNC.
    • Even Democrats now view Carlson better than FNC.”


    In a tweeted video, Mark Mitchell, Rasmussen’s head pollster, said the most important finding in the poll is that older “likely voters” – a key Fox demographic – have a much higher view of Carlson than they do of Fox News.

    The survey found that Tucker is viewed more favorably than Fox News among viewers 65 years old and older, and has a big lead among voters aged 40-64 as well (almost double-digits in total favorables).

    “If you want to know what I think is the worst signal for Fox anywhere in the [survey’s] crosstabs, it’s probably this,” Mitchell said, speculating that one of the reasons for this is that “older voters might be more likely to be angry about the Tucker fallout.”

    Tucker’s “very favorable” poll rating among older voters of 44% is 17 percentage points higher than Fox’s.

    In another surprise, the poll revealed that Fox News is rated almost as favorably by Democrats as by Republicans. In the tweet below, “MMFA” is the Twitter handle for Media Matter For America, the leftist media watchdog group that has long targeted Fox News for allegedly trafficking in “misinformation.”

    The poll finds that 49% of Democrats have a “favorable” view of Fox: 28% very favorable and 21% somewhat favorable. That led Rasmussen to tweet: “Another myth bites the dust,” with the myth being ostensibly that Fox is merely a right-wing echo chamber hated and distrusted by anyone who is not a Republican.


    The poll undermined other key left-wing narratives against Fox News, which has long been the bogeyman of Democrats and their base of “progressive” voters.

    Here are some other key finds of the Rasmussen poll:

    • Fox News is viewed nearly as favorably by black voters as white voters (leftists routinely smear Fox News as “racist”)
    • Fox News is viewed more favorably by younger voters (ages 18-39) than older voters
    • Trump’s favorability ratings are higher than Fox News’
    • Tucker polls better than Fox News among black voters

    Mitchell said Carlson’s favorability ratings among Republicans (total 71% favorable vs. 21% non-favorable) are “getting close to Trump’s favorability among Republicans.”

    He cautioned that favorability ratings “don’t necessarily equate to hours watched.”



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