PBS-Commissioned Study Says People Don't Want Public Broadcasting Defunded
March 3, 2011 at 4:01 AM (PT)
A survey commissioned by PBS says that a majority of respondents oppose eliminating government funding of public broadcasting. The HART RESEARCH and AMERICAN VIEWPOINT poll said that 69% oppose and 27% support defunding public broadcasting, with 83% of Democrats, 69% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans opposed. The telephone survey interviewed 804 registered voters.
While respondents were strongly in favor of cutting government spending, with 82% saying budget cutting is an "absolute top priority" or a "high priority," they didn't want the public broadcasting budget to be eliminated, with PBS ranking second only to the military as an "excellent" or "good" value.
The poll showed a majority in favor of keeping the same level or more of government funding for PBS, although the numbers among Republicans increased only when the question was phrased by telling the respondent that PBS stations "receive about 15% of their funding from the federal government," coming out "to about one dollar per American each year."