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Report: Americans split on Megyn Kelly’s political orientation


Megyn Kelly in December. (Chris Pizzello/Invision via Associated Press)

In her memoir “Settle For More,” Megyn Kelly, the anchor who recently announced her move from Fox News to NBC News, includes a photo of a journal entry from 1988, when she was in her late teens: “And then there’s the big question: am I a Republican or a Democrat? I seriously don’t know.” In her Fox News interview with then-network chief Roger Ailes, Kelly noted that she’d been raised in a “Democrat household but was apolitical. I was for my entire life. We just were not a political family, ever.”

In her career at Fox News, Kelly often took her topical cues from a Fox News rotation heavy on Benghazi, Obamacare and other such issues — though she distinguished herself in punishing both Republicans and Democrats with her lawyerly interviewing style. Perhaps that latter consideration helps to explain the results of a Morning Consult poll, which found this split on Kelly’s political ideology: “21% think she is liberal, 17% think she is moderate, and 20% think she is conservative,” according to a summary of the poll.

There’s a lot more in the findings, including the partisan attraction of the hire: “36% of Democratic men said they are more likely to watch Kelly now, compared to 29% of Republican men who said they are less likely to do the same. The change was smaller among women — 18% of Democratic women said they are more likely to watch, versus 25% of Republican women who said her move makes them less likely to watch,” notes the poll summary. Also, Kelly ranks third among NBC News anchors on the favorability scale (34 percent), behind Lester Holt (37 percent) and Matt Lauer (41 percent).

Check out the killer crosstabs, where you can check out the favorability breakdown for, say, Bill O’Reilly (and many others) among suburbanites, health-care obsessives, African-Americans and so, so much more.

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