[Data: Morning Consult. Table: Axios Visuals[
News media companies make up 12 of the 15 most polarizing brands in America today, according to a new Morning Consult poll provided to Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer.
- CNN and Fox News continue to be the most divisive news companies.
- Why it matters: The gap between how Republicans and Democrats view national media brands like CNN and Fox News continues to widen, according to the polling, which points to an increase in America’s polarization.
Between the lines: The gap is being driven by substantial decreases in Republican approval of media brands other than Fox News.
- The difference between how the two parties viewed CNN grew from a 66-point gap last year to an 80-point gap this year, due to a 12-point drop in net favorability among Republicans, from -13% to -25%.
- Republicans held more negative views than Democrats of every media outlet on the list except for Fox News.
- The difference between how the two parties view Fox News grew from a 54-point gap last year to a 74-point gap this year.
The bottom line: Even outlets that are generally considered nonpartisan, like ABC News and CNBC, rank among the most polarizing brands in America.