Poll: Diane Sawyer Named Favorite News Personality

February 27, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Diane Sawyer
Diane Sawyer seen in this file photo when she attended the 2011 Stand Up for Heroes at the Beacon Theatre on Nov. 9, 2011, in New York City. (Donna Ward/Getty Images)

A poll released on Monday found that the most liked TV news personality is ABC’s Diane Sawyer, followed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and NBC’s Brian Williams, who were both tied for second.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh was named the least favorite personality, followed by Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, and CNN’s Nancy Grace, according to Harris Interactive, which conducted the survey.

Harris asked more than 2,000 people for their three favorite personalities.

“Sometimes a news personality is supposed to just provide the news such as the anchors of the three network newscasts and some of the cable shows,” the organization said. “Other times, controversy or political leanings drive a current affairs personality, and that might actually be the purpose of his or her news program.”