Every neighborhood has its stereotypes, and a lot of them are based on income. Everyone wants to know what their neighbors are making. Well, using census data, WNYC has mapped out median income by area for the entire United States.
Poll – Confusion on Federal Funding Numbers; Call for Continued Funding of Public Broadcasting
In a CNN poll of American adults released Friday, the median guess on what percentage of the federal budget goes to public broadcasting was 5%. With a $3.55 trillion budget last year, that would put funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) at approximately $178 billion. You would think, given the attention by Congress to the issue of federal funding of public broadcasting, that it would account for at least 5% of the federal budget, right? Why else spend so much time and effort on cutting these funds?
Actually, CPB received about $420 million last year from the federal government, making it roughly one one-hundredth of one percent, of the overall budget. What is more amazing from this poll was that 20% of respondents thought CPB funding made up over 10% of the entire budget and 5% said it made up at least half.
Despite confusion about the numbers, the CNN poll found that only 16% of Americans believed federal support for public broadcasting should be eliminated completely, while 53% felt it should either stay the same or be increased.