Public sympathy is with writers in the ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America, Variety reports. The W.G.A. trumpeted a pair of surveys Wednesday showing 69 percent of respondents siding with them in a Pepperdine poll and 63 percent in a SurveyUSA poll, while the companies received a only a smattering of support with 4 percent and 8 precent, respectively.
The news release also included a strong endorsement of the WGA’s position by a labor economist at Pepperdine, which conducted the survey. "Public sentiment plus the economic disruption that the strike has caused can serve as powerful leverage and bodes well for writers in ongoing negotiations," said David Smith.