According to a new poll from NPR/Ipsos, the news you watch impacts how you feel about immigration and asylum seekers. More than 1,000 people took part in the survey and the results show that when it comes to immigration, people’s beliefs align more with which network they watch than with Republican or Democratic ideologies.
It’s not surprising, for example, that people who watch Fox News have a strong anti-immigration stance.
Chris Jackson, an Ipsos pollster, said:
People who get their news from Fox News actually take the strongest anti-immigrant position of any group we looked at in this survey. I can’t really say if those views are coming because of Fox. Or if they’re watching Fox because they hold those views. But it’s a really strong connection.
On the flip side, people who watch CNN tend to have more compassion for immigrants and those seeking asylum from other countries.
CNN viewers, 68 percent of them think these people are fleeing real danger, real persecution. Whereas only 20 percent of Fox News viewers believe that.
On the other hand, 72 percent — so almost three-quarters of Fox News viewers — think that refugee and asylum-seekers are just taking advantage of the system. They’re trying to cheat their way in.
Where people get their TV news is a good predictor of how they feel about immigration, an NPR-Ipsos poll finds. https://t.co/6p7JxY8udm— NPR (@NPR) July 16, 2018
Some folks weren’t surprised by the findings.
I believe the technical term for conducting a poll in which the results are obvious from the start is “DUH.”— Lauren (@MomOfSomeKids) July 16, 2018
So, you’re saying the news source I choose to follow typically has the same beliefs and opinions as my own....? This doesn’t seem like it needed a poll.— david ward (@dvdwrd) July 16, 2018
This is not just on immigration.
I don’t feel like this is a novel concept.
Truth in what your network of choice spins it— Denniswigt (@DWigt165) July 16, 2018
Wow. You figured that out all alone?— Deviant Sapien (@deviant_sapien) July 16, 2018
Others wondered what other variables were involved.
Its not the uneducated, poor, old, white folks fault. They are the victims of an insidious plot to divide this country and weaken us.— Frank Vaslo (@fevaslo) July 16, 2018
They have been brainwashed by the 1%, the Murdoch Family and the GOP to live in fear and hate their fellow man.
You mean the uneducated? Trump loves the uneducated. The low information voters. ?— RLAS (@RLAS19) July 16, 2018
You will find that @foxnews attracts Americans who hate “today’s” America - but who yearn for a mythical version from history - but who also don’t know American history.— Aries (@adgelessness) July 16, 2018
So the question is - does Fox attract anti-immigrant Americans (who themselves are immigrants or descendants of immigrants - so it’s a form of self loathing), or does it make them that way?— Aries (@adgelessness) July 16, 2018
There is a certain sub-set of people in this country who do not do well in a competitive, creative, capitalist democracy. They prefer an authoritarian who will punish their competitors even if it comprises their rights. Their jealousy is powerful.— Bluedog (@OregonBrady) July 16, 2018
It might do everyone some good to change the channel once in a while.