Inside Politics: Voters say PBS deserves funding

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Mitt Romney’s attack on Big Bird and PBS isn’t helping him, according to the latest Washington Times/Zogby Poll that found most voters say spending taxpayer money on public broadcasting is a good use of government funding.

“I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it,” Mr. Romney told PBS moderator Jim Lehrer during last week’s debate.

But 55 percent of likely voters said PBS “is a worthwhile place to spend taxpayers’ money.” Only 35 percent said “the government cannot afford to subsidize public television.” Even a quarter of voters who plan to vote for Mr. Romney said they would like to see the money keep flowing.

The poll of 800 likely voters was taken Friday through Sunday, and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

FLORIDA

Two polls vary widely in race for U.S. Senate

Two new polls on the U.S. Senate race in Florida reveal significantly contrasting results, with one showing Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson with a double-digit lead over GOP challenger Rep. Connie Mack, while the other forecasts a dead heat.

The results of a Rasmussen Reports survey has the Democratic incumbent with an 11 percentage point lead, with 6 percent of respondents undecided. The survey of 500 likely voters has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

A We Ask America survey pegs each candidate with 44 percent of the vote, with more than 12 percent of respondents undecided. The automated telephone survey of 1,200 likely Florida voters has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Both surveys were taken a day after Wednesday’s debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, which most political analysts agree was won by Mr. Romney.

WEST VIRGINIA

Senate candidate tangled
in golf course violations

MORGANTOWN — Republican Senate candidate John Raese filled in wetlands and damaged more than two miles of streams when he rerouted them to create waterfalls on a private, 18-hole West Virginia golf course that federal regulators say he built without the required permits.

The construction of Pikewood National Golf Club near Morgantown is “probably the biggest violation we’ve ever seen in this district,” Sheila Tunney, spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh, told The Associated Press.

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