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Study: Fox News Viewers 'More Likely' to Believe False Political Information

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Those who watch the right-leaning channel also believe the stimulus caused job losses, their income taxes have gone up and scientists don't think climate change is occurring.

A new study reports that Fox News viewers are "significantly more likely" to believe false information about political issues.

The study, conducted by the University of Maryland, finds that those who tune into the right-leaning channel believe that scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring. They also believe economists think the stimulus caused job losses and the health care law will worsen the deficit, that stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts, that their own income taxes have gone up and the economy is getting worse.

Some 90% of respondents said they felt they'd been fed false information during the 2010 election campaign.

MSNBC, NPR and PBS listeners were more likely to believe the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were spending cash earned from foreign sources to support Republican candidates.

Network TV news watchers were more likely to believe President Barack Obama was behind TARP (former President George W. Bush was), and that Republicans oppose it.