Fox News is not a news network. It’s a training ground for Trump dead-enders, poll shows

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A new survey shows just how key Fox News is to Donald Trump’s support. The poll, from the Public Religion Research Institute, was taken before the impeachment inquiry was announced, and, given the shift in views on impeachment in recent weeks, it’s not a useful gauge of views on that issue right now. But it’s a hugely important reminder both of what’s going on in today’s Republican Party and of how we should understand Fox News. On issue after issue, the poll found big gaps between Republicans whose primary news source is Fox and white evangelicals on one hand, and Republicans who are neither regular Fox viewers nor white evangelicals on the other.

On impeachment—again, a number that will have shifted since the poll was done in mid-September—94% of Republicans overall opposed impeachment and removal. But among Fox News viewers, that number was 98%, and among white evangelicals it was 99%.

The Fox gap is much bigger on other questions about Trump. Do people believe that immigrants are “invading the country”? Among Republicans who don’t watch Fox regularly, 52% say yes. Among Republicans who rely on Fox as their primary news source, it’s 78%. Do Republicans wish Trump would behave like other presidents? Only 29% of Fox News Republicans say yes, in stark contrast to 60% of other Republicans.

Fox News viewers and white evangelicals were also the groups of Republicans most likely to say that there was basically nothing Trump could do that would affect their support for him—the true “shoot someone on Fifth Avenue” Trump base. In this we can see both that Fox News is a partisan network that should never, ever be understood as anything else—not just a tool of the Republican Party, but a driver of it—and that “white evangelical” is now not so much a religious affiliation as a political one.

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

They were electing satan not a saint

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

They did (nurse a viper)” to their bosom”!
And it’s bitten them badly !

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Trump is slowly spiraling down the proverbial toilet 🚽 of life. Our only problem could be that there’s a clog in the line. Trump is everything Fox!

Rose
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Rose

Republicans and evangelicals: You can’t cure stupid.

Reeby
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Reeby

Apparently Jesus Christ; his life and teachings mean nothing to Evangelicals. His LOVE is so much bigger than their support for a morally corrupt, small pitiful man as Trump. A man who’s vanity and self promotion is a black stain on our Democracy, our daily lives and the future of children and grandchildren. May God Help Us

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

..Does anyone really believe the evangelicals
are advocates of the Jesus
that most of believe in ?
“They seem to be “of their father , the Devil “!
..So said Jesus , to the Pharisees !
..They’ve made a deal with the Devil,
thru the Devil’s advocate’s
( the televangelists) ,
and they will pay !

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

This is the equivalent of going back down to the minors.
…And then what happens ?—- Trump
throws , ( only his best people) , under the bus , and run over by (Trumps bus lines )!

Alfred Higgins
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Alfred Higgins

Sounds like a great reason to revoke tax exempt status of organized religions.

dmd
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good article. thank you.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

..Trump came into office by telling us what a bad government we had .
..He’s gone on to show us what really bad governance is , by his behavior,
and lawlessness . We need to express our opinion of by voting him and his cohorts out for good .
And we will remember that it’s always
good to understand what we give up
to lying, cheating, sexual predator’s ,
that were proven to be that before
they ran , and ask are we willing to throw our
Democracy away because a (CON MAN LIES
ABOUT HIS RECORD, without seriously
checking him /her , out Very carefully !