PBS funding poll: Most voters favor money for public television (VIDEO)


Does Mitt Romney really want to see the back of Big Bird? Probably not. But Twitter thinks he does.


Stan Honda

A new poll shows Mitt Romney's vow to cut federal funding for PBS isn't helping him.

According to the Washington Times/Zogby survey released Tuesday, 55 percent of likely voters support federal money for public television and consider it a "worthwhile" use of such funds.

More from GlobalPost: #BigBird: Mitt Romney provokes Twitter backlash with PBS funding cut threat

Even a quarter of voters who plan to vote for Romney said they would like to see the money keep flowing.

Thirty-five percent of the 800 likely voters surveyed in the poll opposed federal funding for PBS, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The GOP presidential candidate ruffled some feathers last week when he vowed to cut federal money for PBS during the first presidential debate in Denver despite his professed love for Big Bird.

More from GlobalPost: Sesame Street to Obama: Take down Big Bird ad (VIDEO)

Within minutes, #BigBird was one of the fastest rising trends on Twitter and Sesame Street's yellow-feathered friend told "Saturday Night Live's" Seth Myers he received more than 1 million tweets of support that night.

The poll of 800 likely voters was taken Friday through Sunday, and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.