A new poll shows that Americans want Fox News to pull the plug on network star Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor” by a more than 2-1 ratio, while almost a quarter of the show’s own viewers think the show should be canceled.
As has been widely reported, O’Reilly, who is due back from vacation Monday, is under pressure amid accusations of sexual misconduct, with the Murdoch family reportedly making the decision today to dump him, as we reported separately.
“A poll released by Morning Consult on Wednesday showed 46% of American adults thought Fox should scrap ‘The O’Reilly Factor,’ compared with 22% who said the network should not cancel the show,” Business Insider reports. “Further, 23% of the show’s own viewers said Fox should scrap the show, while 58% said Fox should keep it on the air.”
The poll appears to show the tide turning against O’Reilly. The report notes that last week 41% of Americans said Fox News should dump “The O’Reilly Factor” while 28% supported keeping it on the air.
“The shift came as more people became aware of the scandal involving O’Reilly — 50% of survey respondents this week said they’d heard of the allegations against O’Reilly, compared with 44% who said they’d heard about them last week,” the report notes.