Monday, December 3, 2007

Americans Seven Times More Likely to Back WGA as Studios

49% of Americans who are familiar with the Writers Guild of America’s strike say they’re on the writers’ side; 7% say they’re behind the studios.

Research conducted nationwide November 27, 2007.  1,000 adults were interviewed; 706 identified themselves as being familiar with the strike and were asked these questions. Full results and crosstabs here.

And don't forget:

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A Variety poll indicated nearly two-thirds of the trade paper's readers said they support the Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike since Nov. 5. 

The new survey, which polled 999 subscribers to Variety, found that 61 percent of all respondents said they felt the WGA walkout was necessary.

Among those survey voters the publication described as "creatives," 79 percent backed the writers, said a statement posted on the WGA Web site.

The poll was conducted Nov. 16-21 for Variety by Frank N. Magid Associates.

The survey followed two polls conducted by 
Pepperdine University and SurveyUSA showing widespread public support for the WGA, with 63 and 68 percent support respectively.

In an opinion article in the 
Los Angeles Times, Variety Editor in Chief Peter Bart expressed surprise at the overwhelming support for the writers, describing his readers as "not exactly a predictably pro-labor constituency."

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