Poll: Shepard Smith Least-Liked Personality on Fox News Among GOP Viewers


Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is the least-liked personality on the network among Republican viewers, while Tucker Carlson is the most popular, according to a newly released survey.

The Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll found that Smith, anchor of the daytime show “Shepard Smith Reporting,” had a net favorability rating of just 2 percent: 23 percent hold a favorable view, 21 percent an unfavorable view.

By contrast, Carlson enjoyed a net favorability of 31 percent among Republican viewers, followed by Laura Ingraham at 26 percent, and Ainsley Earhardt with 25 percent.

Though Sean Hannity’s program “Hannity” is the most-watched program on cable news, averaging approximately 3.5 million viewers a night in October, he came in fifth among GOP viewers with a net favorability of 22 percent.

However, Hannity is the most trusted among Republicans, with 32 percent saying they trust him “a lot,” and 23 percent responding they trust him “some.”

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Overall, Republicans’ 13 most-loved news personalities are on Fox News.

Democrats’ top figures are spread across multiple news outlets, including ABC News’ Robin Roberts scoring the highest net favorability rating at 61 percent, followed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper at 59 percent, and NBC News’ Lester Holt at 55 percent.

Holt scored the highest trustworthiness numbers among respondents overall: 32 percent said they trust him “a lot” and 30 percent said they trust him “some.”

Cooper was next on the list, with 29 percent saying they trust him “a lot,” followed by ABC’s David Muir and Robin Roberts, and FNC’s Harris Faulkner.

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Smith’s low number among Republicans is in all likelihood tied to his somewhat regular attacks on President Donald Trump, including accusing him of being a liar and trading in racism.

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Days before the midterm elections, Smith accused Trump of stoking anxieties regarding the Central American migrant caravan for political purposes.

“Tomorrow the migrants, according to Fox News reporting, are more than two months away, if any of them actually come here,” Smith said. “But tomorrow is one week before the midterm election, which is what all of this is about.”

“There is no invasion,” he added. “No one is coming to get you. There is nothing at all to worry about … We’re America, we can handle it.”

Contrary to Smith’s assertion, the migrant caravan was not months away at the time, rather just about two weeks. The first contingent of hundreds of migrants from the caravan arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana over the weekend.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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