A new national survey conducted jointly by leading Republican and Democratic researchers reveals that voters across the political spectrum overwhelmingly oppose eliminating federal funding for public television. More than 7 in 10 see public television as a good or excellent value for their tax dollars, on par with investments in highways, roads and bridges.
Across the four regions of the country, solid majorities in the Northeast (82%) oppose elimination of federal funding. The support for federal funding of public television spans the electorate, cutting across age, race, party affiliation, educational attainment and community size.
The telephone survey of 1001 registered voters was conducted in early January by a bipartisan polling team from American Viewpoint and Hart Research Associates on behalf of public television.
In a joint memo released today, the pollsters write, “Our survey finds that while the country may be deeply divided on many issues, the importance of federal funding for public television is not one of them. In fact, with remarkable consistency, majorities of voters of all political stripes support federal funding for public television and do not want to see it eliminated. Voters see public television as a good value proposition for the American taxpayer, and express high levels of concern about the consequences should federal funding for public television be eliminated.”
“We are pleased to have such strong support for our work,” said Kliff Kuehl, president and COE of KCPT. “More than two-thirds of voters (69%) responded that eliminating federal funding would cause significant losses to their community. Our high-quality educational content for children and teachers, trusted history and cultural programming, and community service efforts are vital lifelines for many in our area.”
Key findings of the survey include:
Hart Research Associates (D) and American Viewpoint (R) conducted a nationwide telephone survey among a representative cross-section of 1001 registered voters. Interviewing was conducted January 4-8, 2017, and the survey has an overall margin of error of ±3.1%.
Charts and analysis of the Hart Research – American Viewpoint survey are available here.
A memo on the results by Hart Research – American Viewpoint can be found here.