Most U.S. viewers believe that there should be a recount of the votes in the last American Idol contest and also believe that "power texting" influenced the results, according to a study conducted by New Jersey-based MediaCurves.com. The study was conducted following revelations that AT&T employees in Arkansas helped Kris Allen's supporters submit as many as ten votes on a single call during the voting. (Each of the persons participating in the study was shown a CNN news clip about the controversy.) The study found that 87 percent of viewers believe that voting could have been influenced by the power-texting efforts described in the CNN clip and that half of the viewers had a less favorable impression of AT&T after the recent revelations.

01/06/2009