In the aftermath of the presidential impeachment, all of America's leading TV news brands have reached their highest measure of trust since Brand Keys began tracking it for MediaPost in the summer of 2018. Except one.
As in the previous three semi-annual tracking studies, Brand Keys included the President in the survey asking thousands of Americans to rate how their trust influences their perception of a news brand. The President's fell to its lowest level yet, with just 15% of respondents identifying "trust" as a value they associate with his brand.
"We suspect a lot of the lift was due to the impeachment coverage," speculates Brand Keys Founder and President Robert Passikoff.
The total number of respondents for the February 2020 wave included 4,624 TV nework viewers (balanced for gender and political affiliation, drawn from the 9 U.S. Census Regions). The President's evaluations were balanced by political affiliation, included 1,200 respondents from the total audience.
Among the TV news brands, MSNBC has been most ascendant over the four surveys conducted by Brand Keys, rising to 94%, followed by the BBC's 93%, Fox News' 89%, PBS' 88%, Bloomberg's 86% and CNN's 83%.