A new poll from Rasmussen Reports suggests that 40 percent of Americans believe that Brian Williams should resign from his anchor duties at ‘NBC Nightly News.’
Williams came under fire last week after he falsely claimed that a helicopter he was aboard 12 years ago in Iraq was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. After his initial report resurfaced and revealed that Williams was in a helicopter that flew over the same area one hour later, Williams was forced to recant his recollection of the event.
The team at Rasmussen Reports conducted a national telephone poll to determine what Americans now think about Brian Williams. 40 percent of Americans said that they believe Williams should resign as a result of the misstep. Thirty-five percent of participants said they feel he should keep his job, while 25 percent said they were not sure.
Regardless of their views on his resignation, 18 percent of all participants in the study said they now have a “very unfavorable view” of Williams.
When asked specifically about NBC News, 40 percent of those polled said they are now less likely to believe NBC News reporting, while 45 percent said the incident does not influence their trust in the network.
The poll does seem to touch on a trend, two days after Brian Williams apologized his “Nightly News” broadcast lost to ABC News’ ‘World News Tonight” in the ratings.
The numbers don’t lie: Just two days after Williams’ on-air admission, “Nightly” dropped in the ratings to ABC News’ “World News Tonight.”
The Rasmussen Reports poll was conducted from February 7-8, 2015, and polled 800 adults.