A recent Rasmussen Reports survey shows that Tucker Carlson, a former Fox News host, is more popular than the network that fired him. The survey, which polled likely U.S. voters, found that 59% of respondents had a favorable view of Carlson compared to 52% for Fox News. In addition, more respondents believe that Carlson’s departure will make Fox News worse (32%) rather than better (19%).
Among Republicans, 47% said letting Carlson go would make Fox News worse, compared to only 13% who thought otherwise. Carlson is most popular among Republican voters and self-identified conservatives, with 71% of Republicans, 48% of Democrats, and 55% of voters not affiliated with either major party viewing him at least somewhat favorably.
The survey also revealed that 55% of conservatives have a very favorable impression of Carlson, while only 18% of liberal and moderate voters share that opinion. Furthermore, 48% of liberals have a very unfavorable view of Carlson.
Fox News announced on Monday that it had “agreed to part ways” with Carlson, less than a week after settling a lawsuit over the network’s 2020 election reporting. The last program of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” aired on Friday, and the network thanked him for his service as a host and contributor.
The survey was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on April 25-27 and involved 945 U.S. likely voters. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence, and fieldwork is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research for all Rasmussen Reports surveys.