By DON McINTOSH
TV and movie audiences are ready to show solidarity with the actors and writers who entertain them, according to an Aug. 3-5 poll of 1,124 likely voters.
TV and film writers in the Writers Guild of America have been on strike since May 2, and TV and film actors in SAG-AFTRA have been on strike since July 14. Together the strikes have halted the production of TV shows and movies.
The poll, conducted by the firm Data for Progress, found overwhelming public support for the strikers. Asked if they support or oppose the two strikes, 67% of respondents said they support, 18% said they oppose, and 15% said they didn’t know. Those who said they support the strike were asked a followup question: If the strikes cause major production delays on TV shows and movies that you enjoy, would you continue to support the strike? 86% said yes, and 10% said they’d oppose, while 4% said they didn’t know.