19% See PBS/NPR Funding As A Major Issue
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate said he would cut funding for public broadcasting as part of his overall plan to reduce government spending, and Democrats responded by running ads with Sesame Street's Big Bird defending taxpayer-funded television. But just 19% of Americans think cutting funding to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) should be a major issue in the current presidential election.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of adults do not see funding for public broadcasting as a major campaign issue, but 15% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 10-11, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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