Survey finds strong opposition to cuts in arts, pubmedia funding

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A new survey from Vanderbilt University found that 63 percent of American adults oppose cuts in federal funding for arts and culture, including for public media.

The research, produced by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, also revealed that 37 percent “strongly disagree” with President Trump’s desire to stop funding entities including CPB, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Only 8 percent “strongly agree” with that proposal in Trump’s draft budget.

Opposition to the cuts varied by region. Among respondents in New England states, 89 percent opposed the proposal. The East South Central region contained the most support, with 34 percent of respondents agreeing with Trump.

The federal funding questions are part of broader research the center is conducting about public perception of artists and arts in local communities.

A total of 1,110 adults nationwide answered questions from the Curb Center online and on the phone March 23–27. The survey was part of a panel conducted by an independent collaborative research organization at the University of Chicago.