They’re fighting over everything else under the sun, so it should come as no surprise that WGA and AMPTP produced dueling surveys on Thursday to show that America backs the scribes, or America could care less about the strike, depend on which side you believe.
The WGA was the first to get the email missive out on Thursday, hailing the results of a USA Today/Gallup Poll indicating strong public support for its strike. Poll found 60% of respondents supported the WGA in “their fight against the media corporations.” Same survey found that 38% of respondents said they’ll watch less primetime TV now that shows are skidding into rerun territory.
“The American people overwhelmingly support the writers because they realize our cause is just and our proposal is fair: when we create valuable content for the companies we deserve to be paid,” the WGA said. “It’s time for these gigantic media conglomerates to listen to the voice of the people, return to the bargaining table and get serious about negotiating an honest deal that would put everyone back to work.”
Meanwhile, AMPTP served up a survey from TNS that found the strike has made no impact on the viewing habits of more than two-thirds (74%) of respondents and that almost two-thirds don’t have a side in the WGA-AMPTP fight.
“One could only wonder how public attitudes towards the writers would be reflected if the public was asked how they feel about the writers making good on their organizer’s quip to wreak havoc on the industry, especially in light of the severe economic harm being imposed on the Los Angeles region and, in particular, the below the line workers,” AMPTP said.
And happy holidays to you too, folks! I think it’s time someone (like a blogger) called for a Christmas truce a la the fabled tale of the British and the Germans on Christmas Eve 1914 along the Western front in World War I, where a few brave souls emerged from the foxholes and shared a little chocolate, a little brandy, showed off pictures of the kids.
C’mon…let’s give the snippy emails a rest already.