It will come as no shock to learn that people who watch FoxNews are generally more terrified of Teh Muslin Menniss (among many other things) than everyone else. But now, thanks to Public Religion Research, we have some specific measurements.
As you may or may not know,
Sen. Joseph McCarthy Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is planning to hold hearings, starting 7 March, on how hard we should freak out about the supposed threat from "radicalized" American Muslims and their plans to murder the rest of us. According to PRR's survey, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they haven't heard anything about this. However, of those who say "Fox is their most trusted news source," 40% have.
• Republicans who say Fox News is their most trusted news source are more likely than Republicans who trust a different news source [Such people actually exist? --ed.] to say they are well-informed about Islam (53% to 34%). They are also more likely than Republicans who most trust other news sources to say the hearings are a good thing (82% to 60%).
• White evangelicals who most trust Fox News are much more likely than those who trust a different news source to say they feel informed about Islam than those who trust other sources of news (70% to 37%). This same group of evangelicals is also more likely than their counterparts who most trust other news sources to say the hearings are a good thing (84% to 60%).
• More than three-quarters (76%) of those who most trust Fox News say it is a good idea [to hold the hearings] compared to only 45% of those who most trust CNN and 28% of those who most trust Public television.
• Those who most trust Fox News are twice as likely as those who most trust Broadcast news and about four times as likely those who most trust public television to believe ["Muslims want to establish Shari’a law as law of the land"] (35%, 18% and 9%)
Further observations from Pareene.