Curb Policy Briefs

Current public opinion toward federal funding for arts & culture in the United States
April 10, 2017

On March 16, 2017, President Trump became the first U.S. president to propose eliminating federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).  This policy brief reports on U.S. adults’ attitudes toward the President’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for arts and culture and toward levels of government spending on arts and culture, using national survey data collected between March 23-27, 2017.

Key Results

  • A significant majority (37%) of adults in the U.S. ‘strongly disagree’ with President Trump’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for arts and culture. In total, 63% of adults oppose the President’s proposal.
  • Of those opposed to the proposal, 41% favor increasing government spending on arts and culture; 14% favor reducing the current level of government spending on arts and culture.
  • In total, 19% of adults in the U.S. agree with President Trump’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for arts and culture; 8% of adults ‘strongly agree’ with the proposal.
  • Overall, 82% of U.S. adults have an opinion about Trump’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for arts and culture. These adults report significantly higher rates of disagreement with Trump’s proposal within each region of the U.S.

Authors
Novak-Leonard, Jennifer L.
Skaggs, Rachel