Get ready to be knocked out of your seats, readers — consumers think a ComcastTime Warner Cable merger is a bad idea. Comcast and Time Warner Cable confirmed earlier this month that they have reached a merger agreement that could see Comcast acquire Time Warner Cable for about $45 billion. The pay TV giants might have a few pals in high places in Washington, but they still face an uphill battle as regulators scrutinize the proposed deal. Beyond regulators, what do consumers think? Not surprisingly, a new study suggests that they don’t like the idea one bit.

Market research and polling company CivicScience on Monday tweeted preliminary results of a poll question that asked simply, “Do you believe the Comcast buyout of Time Warner Cable is,” followed by four options.

498 respondents (53%) said they believe the deal is “bad for consumers,” while 334 people (35%) were unsure of how the merger might impact consumers. A total of 57 respondents (6%) — perhaps all Comcast executives, a few lobbyists and a regulator or two — said that they thought the TWC buyout was a good idea and would benefit consumers. 53 people (6%) were neutral on the deal.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.