NEW YORK Mitt Romney has vowed to cut government funding for Big Bird and his PBS friends, but the results of a new poll indicate the Republican candidate might be out of step with most Americans on this issue.
A survey of 800 likely voters, commissioned by The Washington Times and conducted by the polling firm Zogby from Friday through Sunday, found that 55 percent of voters oppose cuts in spending to public television and consider it a worthwhile use of federal funds.
In contrast, only 35 percent of voters believe the government cannot afford to subsidize public television.
Although defunding PBS has been a conservative legislative priority since at least the mid-90s, the polls results suggest that public television enjoys bipartisan support.
That may be why the Obama campaign was so quick to seize upon the Save Big Bird meme.
Tuesday the campaign released a satirical new ad that shows images of convicted financiers, including Bernie Madoff and Enrons Ken Lay, and suggests Romney believes Big Bird is responsible for their crimes.
Big, yellow, a menace to our economy, the ad says. Mitt Romney knows its not Wall Street you have to worry about, its Sesame Street.
But Big Bird refuses to be anyones political pawn: Within hours of the videos release, Sesame Workshop issued a statement requesting the spot be pulled. Associated Press contributed.