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Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said the campaign was reviewing Sesame Workshop’s concerns.

While Mr. Romney was widely seen to have dominated the first debate, a Washington Times/ JZ Analytics poll released Monday showed that most voters back Mr. Obama’s stand that PBS — and Big Bird — are worth the taxpayer dollars they receive.

Some 55 percent said PBS “is a worthwhile place to spend taxpayers’ money,” while only 35 percent said that “the government cannot afford to subsidize public television.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also has tried to raise money off Mr. Romney’s desire to cut PBS funding.

“The deficit? Blame PBS,” the DCCC said in an email last weekend. “The economy? Blame NPR. Health care costs? Blame Sesame Street. It’s ridiculous.”