Voters are more convinced by 'art for art's sake' than any economic argument for public spending on the Arts - but even more are unconvinced either way.
New research from YouGov has reported that only a fifth (21%) are persuaded by the argument that the arts deserve public money because of their economic merits. More Britons (31%) are convinced by the idea that public spending can be justified on the grounds of art’s intrinsic and cultural value, but more still (37%) say neither economic nor cultural value provide a convincing case for taxpayer funded art.
78% say the arts should face cuts either the same as (56%) or bigger (21%) than other departments, while only 7% support protecting the sector from such cuts.
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