NEW YORK – With the Academy Awards (search) just around the corner, a FOX News poll finds few people believe moviemakers share their values, and there is widespread agreement that Hollywood (search) is out of touch with Americans.
From young people to seniors, the story is the same — Hollywood is out of touch. Overall, more than 7 in 10 Americans think Tinseltown is out of sync with "average Americans." Self-identified conservatives (81 percent) are more likely than others to think Hollywood is out of touch, but majorities of moderates (74 percent) and liberals (58 percent) also agree.
Opinion Dynamics Corporation conducted the national telephone poll of 900 registered voters for FOX News on February 8-9.
Similarly, it is a small minority of Americans who believe Hollywood moviemakers share their values. Thirteen percent of the public thinks moviemakers share their values, while a sizeable majority — 70 percent — disagrees.
At 19 percent, Democrats are more than three times as likely as Republicans (6 percent) and twice as likely as independents (9 percent) to say filmmakers share their values.
Who are Hollywood moviemakers? A 61 percent majority of Americans think most people in Hollywood are liberals, 8 percent think they are conservatives and 14 percent say "both."
And as for the Oscars, while winning the gold statue can improve ticket sales, fewer than one in five Americans (17 percent) say movie awards influence which films they see.