February192011

Don’t Like Muslims? You Must Be a Fox “News” Viewer 

Think Muslims are slowly taking over the country?  Worried that they might impose some sort of sharia law?  Positive that the President may even be a secret Muslim, or at least harbor some sympathies to the religion?A new study says that you’re probably someone who watches Fox News.Via Think Progress:
As highlighted by the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute reveals “a significant correlation between trust in Fox News and negative attitudes about Muslims. The study’s authors conclude:

Americans who most trust Fox News are more likely to believe that Muslims want to establish Shari’a law, have not done enough to oppose extremism, and believe investigating Muslim extremism is a good idea.

Indeed, more than twice as many Republicans who most trust Fox News think Muslims want to establish Sharia law in the U.S. as Republicans who trust other media outlets — 41 percent of Fox viewers compared to just 23 percent of other Republicans.
As Sargent notes, “we’ll never know whether Fox watchers harbor these views because they watch Fox, or whether they watch Fox because they harbor these views.”
Apparently Fox viewers are now no longer just more misinformed about facts than the average news watcher — they’re more Islamophobic, too

Don’t Like Muslims? You Must Be a Fox “News” Viewer

Think Muslims are slowly taking over the country?  Worried that they might impose some sort of sharia law?  Positive that the President may even be a secret Muslim, or at least harbor some sympathies to the religion?

A new study says that you’re probably someone who watches Fox News.

Via Think Progress:

As highlighted by the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute reveals “a significant correlation between trust in Fox News and negative attitudes about Muslims. The study’s authors conclude:

Americans who most trust Fox News are more likely to believe that Muslims want to establish Shari’a law, have not done enough to oppose extremism, and believe investigating Muslim extremism is a good idea.

Indeed, more than twice as many Republicans who most trust Fox News think Muslims want to establish Sharia law in the U.S. as Republicans who trust other media outlets — 41 percent of Fox viewers compared to just 23 percent of other Republicans.

As Sargent notes, “we’ll never know whether Fox watchers harbor these views because they watch Fox, or whether they watch Fox because they harbor these views.”

Apparently Fox viewers are now no longer just more misinformed about facts than the average news watcher — they’re more Islamophobic, too

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