Stewart, Colbert Replacing Old News Guys

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(March 25) - Nearly a third of young Americans believe Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert are taking the place of traditional news sources like Brian Williams and CNN, according to a new Rasmussen poll.
Thirty-two (32%) percent of adults aged 30-39 believe this to be true, and 30% in the 18-29 bracket also agree: venerable programs such as the 'CBS Evening News' are being upstaged, and replaced, by comedy-tinged shows like 'The Colbert Report' or 'The Daily Show.'
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General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland, left) convinces The President (Stephen Colbert) that his monster attack plan is more workable than launching nuclear weapons in DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens." (MCT)

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**FILE** In this Monday, March 5, 2007 file photo, Stephen Colbert poses in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 20, 2008 file photo, Stephen Colbert arrives for a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York. Colbert, whose mock presidential campaign could not get off the ground, is succeeding at a much higher altitude electoral pursuit: getting the new room of the international Space Station named "Colbert." (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

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** FILE ** In this Sept. 21, 2008 file photo, Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" is seen in Los Angeles. Colbert, whose mock presidential campaign could not get off the ground, is succeeding at a much higher altitude electoral pursuit: getting the new room of the international Space Station named "Colbert." (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

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Actress Kristen Stewart visits "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 20, 2008 in New York City.

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Actress Kristen Stewart visits "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 20, 2008 in New York City.

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Actress Kristen Stewart visits "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 20, 2008 in New York City.

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Actress Kristen Stewart visits "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 20, 2008 in New York City.

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Kristen Stewart visits "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 20, 2008 in New York City.

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: Actress Kristen Stewart visits the "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater November 20, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kristen Stewart

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Other interesting findings from the phone survey, which had a sample of 1,000 adults:
Do these programs make people more informed or less informed about news events? 39% More informed // 21% Less informed // 12% No impact
How do Americans feel about the 'Comedy Central' duo? 36% have a favorable opinion of Stewart // 35% have a favorable opinion of Colbert // 22% regard both unfavorably
How much do Stewart and Colbert help shape your political views? 7% Very influential// 14% Somewhat influential // 26% Not very influential // 44% Not at all influential
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2009-03-25 10:52:51