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CNN/ORC POLL: 52% Say Brian Williams Should Be Allowed Back On 'NBC Nightly News'

Interviews with 1,027 adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC International on February 12-15, 2015.  The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.  Results in this document labeled “All Americans” or “Total” are based on this sample of 1,027 adults. This sample includes 626 interviews among landline respondents and 401 interviews among cell phone respondents.


Additional interviews were conducted among African-Americans, and combined with the African-Americans contacted in the initial sample of 1,027 for a total of 309 African-American respondents. The margin of sampling error for results based on this sample of African-Americans is plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.


Columns in this document labeled "Whites" show results only for the 733 respondents in the initial sample who described themselves as white in a question on racial background and did not describe themselves as Hispanic or Latino in a separate question on ethnicity.  (Sampling error for non-Hispanic whites is +/-3.5 percentage points.)  Columns in this document labeled "Blacks" refer to all respondents who described themselves as black or African-American and did not describe themselves as Hispanic or Latino in a separate question on ethnicity.


Trend results for racial groups are shown only for polls which had enough African-American respondents to produce statistically valid results.                                                                                               


42.       Do you think NBC News should or should not allow Brian Williams to return to anchor NBC Nightly News?


                                                       Feb 12-15



      Should                                          52%

      Should not                                    40%

      No opinion                                     8%





A total of 1,027 adults were interviewed by telephone nationwide by live interviewers calling both landline and cell phones. Among the entire sample, 29% described themselves as Democrats, 23% described themselves as Republicans, and 48% described themselves as Independents or members of another party


In addition 172 interviews were conducted with African-Americans drawn from a separate sample of landline telephone numbers in areas where at least 30% of households are African American.


All respondents were asked questions concerning basic demographics, and the entire sample was weighted to reflect national Census figures for gender, race, age, education, region of country, and telephone usage.