PBS-commissioned poll finds public opposition to cutting its funding

A new poll out Tuesday commissioned by the Public Broadcasting Service has found that voters opposes House Republican efforts to eliminate funding for public broadcasting, a provision included in the seven-month continuing resolution passed last month.

The poll, conducted by Hart Research and American Viewpoint, found 69 percent of respondents opposed to the plan to eliminate funding. This includes 83 percent of Democrats, 69 percent of Independents and 56 percent of Republicans surveyed.

The poll found that 82 percent of the public think deficit reduction needs to be a top priority.

It finds support for PBS ranks second only to “the country’s military defense," by 73 percent to 81 percent. 

The poll surveyed 809 registered votes from Feb. 11-13.