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Poll: PBS a Good Use of Tax Dollars

PBS is the most trusted institution in the nation and the second best use of tax money after defense. That’s according to a just-released Roper poll. The telephone survey of 1,000 random participants was commissioned by PBS.

Respondents said they were "more satisfied" with PBS programming than commercial fare, that the service’s news and public affairs programming was more trustworthy, and that the public broadcasting deserved more money from the government.

Not surprisingly given the glowing response, PBS plans to make the survey an annual event.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.