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    Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:09:05

    Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper + Brian Williams are America's Favorite News Personalities - Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Nancy Grace are least favorite

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    Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper and Brian Williams have been named America's favorite news personalities via a poll conducted by Harris Interactive. Congrats to Di, Anderson and Bri!

    Decades ago there were just a few names that dominated the news world. Everyone knew who Walter Conkrite, David Brinkley and Chet Huntley were. And, the odds were good it was one of those men who gave people their evening dose of national and world news. Today, that is not the case. Yes, there are still the big three anchors, but there are also the multitude of news personalities on all the various cable stations and even a radio personality who transcends many of his brethren on television. Many of these individuals can cause either a positive or negative reaction.

    Looking at a list of 26 current affairs personalities, when asked which three are their favorites, almost one-quarter say ABC News' Diane Sawyer (23%), while one in five each say CNN's Anderson Cooper (19%) and NBC's Brian Williams (19%). Rounding out the top five favorite current affairs personalities is Bill O'Reilly (15%) and Barbara Walters (15%).

    A little further down the list are George Stephanopoulos (14%), Matt Lauer (13%), Katie Couric (13%), Rush Limbaugh (9%) and Sean Hannity (9%). So Katie, Rush and Sean are not as beloved.

    The Harris Poll surveyed 2,016 adults online between January 16 and 23, 2012 by Harris Interactive.

    Looking at the flip side, which three of the 26 news personalities are America's least favorite, almost half say Rush Limbaugh (46%). Three in ten say Bill O'Reilly (31%) and almost one-quarter say their least favorite is Nancy Grace (23%). Rounding out the top ten least favorite news personalities are Sean Hannity (14%), Katie Couric (10%), Piers Morgan (10%), Barbara Walters (10%), Chris Matthews (10%), Rachel Maddow (7%) and Wolf Blitzer (7%).

    So Nancy Grace bottoms out.

    Who is your favorite news personality? I'm going to say Jon Stewart or Bill Maher.

    —Amy Sciarretto
    03.01.12



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