Poll shows dark days ahead for O’Reilly

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According to a new poll, 46 percent of respondents think Fox News should cancel Bill O’Reilly’s primetime show, due to the popular host’s entanglement in a sexual harassment scandal.

According to the same poll, by the Morning Consult, just 22 percent think Fox News should keep “The O’Reilly Factor” on the network.

Among the show’s viewers, however, 58 percent would like the show kept on the air, while 23 percent believe it should be canceled.

The poll also measured current favorability ratings for the Fox News host compared to a poll taken earlier in April. Among the total polled, it shows O’Reilly is viewed favorably by 30 percent of respondents compared to 36 percent in the earlier poll.

Of those who watch the show, O’Reilly is viewed favorably by 73 percent compared to 80 percent from the previous April poll.

The poll includes answers from 2,201 adults and was taken from April 13-15. It has a margin of error of 2 percent.

Several media outlets are reporting on the events. Late Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal said sources close to the situation claim a final decision about the future of “The O’Reilly Factor” may be made in the next few days. CNN reported earlier that O’Reilly and Fox News are in discussions about the host’s exit from the network.

Reports of O’Reilly’s exit from Fox News began after The New York Times published an article stating that he paid $13 million to five women who had accused him of improper conduct and sexual harassment.

Earlier this week, a lawyer for O’Reilly said the situation arose as a “smear campaign” by far-left groups against the Fox News host.

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