A new Rasmussen poll released yesterday revealed that 40% of Americans think that Brian Williams should resign as anchor from NBC’s Nightly News. Williams was caught lying about an incident when he was covering the Iraq War where he claimed he was in a helicopter that was hit by an RPG.
Those results come from a Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll, which also found that 35 percent do not think Williams should resign and 25 percent are not sure. 45 percent said there has been no effect on how much they trust NBC.
The Rasmussen poll also found that 56 percent of Americans have a favorable or very favorable opinion of Brian Williams, while 51 percent have an unfavorable or very unfavorable view of him. Even in light of the current media attention on Williams, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley is viewed in a much worse light — only 25 percent view him favorably or very favorably, while a whopping 62 percent have no opinion of him.
There is a notable partisan breakdown to the poll.
None of the big three networks are popular among Republicans, the poll found. As Rasmussen notes, even with George Stephanopoulos‘ past as an advisor in the Clinton Administration, Republicans now like him more than Williams. Most Democrats view both men favorably.
Another consequence of the Williams fiasco is that people are less likely to trust NBC News. “58 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of independents are now less likely to trust the reporting of NBC News.”