Poll: Huge Majorities of Fox Viewers Duped by GOP Lies about Reform – 75% Believe in ‘Death Panels’

Just days after a poll found Fox News to be the least trustworthy among the cable channels, a new poll from NBC News — not teaming this time with Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall St. Journal — finds that around three-quarters of self-identified Fox viewers believe the four big lies being promulgated by the GOP about health-insurance reform:

Results as alarmingly bad as these would cause a panic at a real news organization.
  • 72 percent believe undocumented residents will be covered
  • 79 percent believe they will lead to a government takeover
  • 69 percent believe abortions will be covered
  • 75 percent believe there will be “death panels”

All of these lies have been refuted umpteen times by nonpartisan sources, including FactCheck.org.

Results as alarmingly bad as these would cause a panic at a real news organization. Senior managers’ jobs would be in jeopardy, and the taint of having worked for a news organization so irredeemably incompetent would discredit everyone involved.

But no heads will roll at Fox. In fact, there may be raises — because the real indictment here is that these results expose Fox for what it is really is: a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and the corporate interests that own it.

The results of these polls are a damning indictment of Fox News any way you slice it.


  • Nikolai
    August 19, 2009 - 11:03 pm | Permalink

    It’s Hitler’s big lie all over again; they WANT to believe it so they DO. Tell the idiot masses what they want to hear(or what they think they want to hear) and they will suck it UP. At least the ones with the meth pipes and guns anyway…

  • August 20, 2009 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    “People will believe almost any darn thing they’re told… as long as it’s something they already believe.”
    – “Bongwater”

  • Acid Bath
    August 23, 2009 - 2:23 am | Permalink

    That is wear the stupid comes from, ALL OF IT.

    faux news is a channel that Joesph Goebbels would be proud of. They lie to the masses and no one does a damn thing about it.

    IMO, I think of them as domestic terrorist.

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