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Who are the most trusted and well-liked TV news personalities? A new poll has answers

A new poll showed CNN's Anderson Cooper is the most trusted personality in cable TV news. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News is the most trusted personality in television news, and Fox News host Sean Hannity is the least trusted, according to a new Morning Consult/Hollywood Reporter poll released Tuesday.

CNN's Anderson Cooper was cited as the most trusted host on cable news, and Fox News' Tucker Carlson had the highest favorability rating among Republican respondents.

The poll results highlighted how the political divide impacts which network viewers tune into; Fox News hosts made up the top 13 spots for most popular hosts among Republicans, while Democrats favored hosts from CNN, ABC and NBC.

Who do you trust? Cooper was divisive in the poll, appearing on both the "most trusted" and "least trusted" lists. Forty-six percent of Democrats trust Cooper "a lot" and 32 percent of Republicans said they don't trust him at all. Similarly, 32 percent of Republicans trust Hannity "a lot" and 46 percent of Democrats don't trust him at all.

Hannity's low trust rating in the poll does not reflect his popularity. "Hannity" has been the most watched cable news program for the past seven consecutive months, indicating that his detractors likely include people who hold differing political views and would not watch his Fox News program anyway.

Harris Faulkner was the most trusted Fox News personality, with 24 percent of respondents saying they trust her "a lot."

In general, network news personalities were viewed as more trustworthy than cable news hosts. Even MSNBC's Brian Williams, who was taken off NBC Nightly News for lying about personal experiences in his reporting, received a relatively high trust rating.

Who do you like? Carlson, Laura Ingraham (+26) and Ainsley Earhardt (+25) earned the highest favorability ratings among Republicans.

Among Democrats, ABC's Robin Roberts had the highest net favorability rating of +61 percent, with Cooper (+59) and Holt (+55) coming in second and third. Roberts was also the most well-liked among all respondents between the ages of 25 and 49.

One Fox News host performed significantly worse than others in net favorability rating among Republicans: Shepard Smith, who sometimes takes contrary positions to others on the network and notably pushed back against the narrative that migrant caravans from Central America were a dangerous invasion of the U.S. Smith's net favorability rating was +2 percent, compared to Carlson's +31 percent rating.

The survey polled 2,202 U.S. adults on Nov. 6 and 7.

(H/T The Hill)

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