Hollywood actor and writer strikes have broad support among Americans, AP-NORC poll shows.
Hollywood actor and writer strikes have broad support among Americans, AP-NORC poll shows
A new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that a majority of Americans sympathize with the striking Hollywood writers and actors. The poll shows that 55% of U.S. adults support the writers and actors, while only 3% side with the studios they are striking against. The survey also found that the more people have heard about the strike, the more likely they are to favor it. Democrats showed the highest level of sympathy (70%), while Republicans were less likely to side with either party (35%).
Public Support for Strikes
The poll indicates that public support for the writers and actors in the labor dispute is broad but not necessarily deep enough to change viewing habits. While 50% of Americans approve of the strikes, 40% remain neutral, and 9% disapprove. The support gets considerably softer when it comes to potential actions favoring the strike. One-third of Americans would consider boycotting TV shows, 27% would consider canceling streaming services, and 30% would consider boycotting movie theaters.
The survey also highlights the political divide in sympathy towards the writers and actors. Democrats show the highest level of support (70%), followed by Independents (47%) and Republicans (39%). Republicans are more likely to say they sympathize with neither side (35%) compared to Democrats (15%).
Despite the broad support for the strikes, it remains to be seen whether Americans will take concrete actions such as boycotting TV shows, canceling streaming services, or boycotting movie theaters. The unions have yet to ask for these moves from consumers, but have indicated that they might if the standoffs continue.
In closing, the poll suggests that while many Americans sympathize with the writers and actors in the labor dispute, the support may not translate into significant changes in viewing habits.