Since he started his toxic presidential campaign in 2016, Donald Trump has always been able to rely on Fox News to be his haven from the type of honest critique (or “fake news” as he calls it) that bombards him on a daily basis from other cable news outlets. However, a new poll revealed that Trump’s popularity amongst Fox News fans might be tanking fast.
According to a survey conducted by Suffolk University, 90 percent of respondents who said in June that they trust Fox News more than any other cable news outlet also had a very favorable opinion of Trump.
However, as The Washington Post reported on Thursday, by October that number dropped dramatically to 74 percent, and by December fell to a disastrous 58 percent. This decline represents a 32-point freefall within six months.
Trump favorability among Fox viewers (%):
— Adrian Gray (@adrian_gray) December 13, 2017
Also, the number of Fox News fans who praised Trump’s Job performance fell from 55 percent in March to a devastating 32 percent in October. The Post observed that “what’s interesting” is that Trump’s popularity plummeted despite the fact that from October to November, Fox Fans were slightly more optimistic about their country’s direction.
Throughout his troubled presidency, Trump has continuously praised Fox News while attacking other cable news outlets. Trump’s favorite Fox News program seems to be the über-sycophantic morning show, Fox & Friends.
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
However, while Trump continues to give preferential treatment to his favorite “news channel,” it’s unclear if his affection will keep being reciprocated should Fox News start taking notice of his unpopularity among their viewers. It’s possible that they could start giving more airtime to some of Trump’s most prominent critics like Shepard Smith, or redirecting their coverage entirely.
Should Fox News continue to put their stock in Trump, they could face more challenges as older viewers may start to tune out just as the younger demographic have done in favor of more progressive programming — not to mention their growing problems keeping advertisers for hyperbolic pro-Trump news programs like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.
It’s hard to imagine Trump’s numbers improving as more Americans experience the disastrous effects of Trump and the GOP’s policies first hand. Soon Trump may have to start whining on Twitter about the “disloyalty” of Fox News and how they’ve suddenly become “fake news.” Wouldn’t that be a broken clock moment?
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