By MARK HAYES / Reuters / Reuters Reuters U.S. consumers are willing to forgive Comcast, which paid $45 billion to buy Time Warner Cable, according to a new survey.
The survey of 1,000 people by YouGov for the New York Times found that 70 percent of people said they would forgive Comcast.
But nearly three-quarters said they did not plan to forgive the company if it ever got into trouble again, according the survey, which was conducted online between Jan. 1 and 3.
That is a much higher percentage than the percentage who would forgive Time Warner.
YouGov, which is considered one of the most reliable polls in the country, asked consumers about the situation with Comcast and their willingness to forgive them.
It also asked about how much they would pay Comcast if they would get a similar deal.
Comcast has a $45.4 billion buyout price, including $3.2 billion for Time Warner and $2.5 billion for Cox Communications.
But the survey found that only 42 percent of consumers would forgive if they got Comcast back.
A further 28 percent said they wouldn’t forgive if Comcast got into a repeat of the company’s current troubles, the poll said.
The poll also asked how people feel about their cable and satellite companies.
Nearly a third said they are satisfied with their current service and 46 percent said their company is doing a good job, according a similar poll taken in October, before Comcast announced it would buy Time, CNN, and other news outlets.
But 41 percent said Comcast’s current business model is not good for consumers.
Another poll released by the Pew Research Center last week found that a majority of Americans, 54 percent, say they are happy with their cable or satellite services, while 40 percent say they aren’t happy with the way they are paying for the services.
More than half of Americans are still waiting for Comcast to return from its bankruptcy, according in a poll by Public Policy Polling last week.