Poll: Most Americans Either Don’t Care or Are Undecided About the Hollywood Strikes

Sarah Silverman walks the picket line in support of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike on July 20, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
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A new poll shows that while Americans support the striking Hollywood writers and actors more than the studios, a clear majority of Americans either do not care or feel ambivalent about the situation.

Surveying 1,002 adult Americans between July 28-30, the Los Angeles Times/Leger poll showed that the striking writers and actors do not have majority support, even though 60 percent of those polled admitted they had “somewhat” of an understanding of the grievances due to mass media coverage. Only 38 percent of Americans polled sympathized with the strikers while just 7 percent sympathized with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

However, well over 50 percent of those polled said they either sympathized with both sides or did not know where they stood. Per The Messenger:

Most respondents actually stated they were either ambivalent or unsure about their opinion on who’s on the right side of things; with 29 percent saying they sympathize with both sides equally and 25 percent said they don’t know which side they favor.

Still, the fact that only 7 percent of those polled expressed any exclusive sympathy for the studios shows that Americans by and large have grown tired of corporate rule.

“We’ve seen a continued trend toward an anti-business mentality and more slanted toward the side of the workers, particularly among younger demographics. For me, this is another data point to support that. If you went back 10 years, I think [sentiment] might have been a little more balanced,” David Smith, professor of economics at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, told the Times.

Smith, however, said that sympathy could waiver if the strike stretches well into the fall.

“To some extent, there has been a delayed impact on consumers from the work stoppage because there are still shows in the hopper for people to watch,” Smith said. “Over time, I think there could potentially be a little bit of a shift in public opinion away from [striking workers] and a little bit more frustration with them. If they’re still on strike 90 days from now, which seems not a far-fetched possibility, opinions could shift.”

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