-- 72 percent of respondents agreed that broadband providers should administer their networks in a neutral manner.
-- 47 percent said they believe broadband providers will voluntarily support network neutrality principles.
-- 55 percent supported a national net neutrality policy, with 54 percent supporting congressional action.
"If you change the way the Internet operates, then those customers are going to show up to Congress with pitchforks," Scott said. "They're going to be asking, 'Why is it that our Internet, which used to be a free and open platform, now has a fast lane and a dirt road?'"
Also in the survey, more than 65 percent of respondents said the Internet was important or very important for e-mail and market research, and more than 50 percent said it was important or very important for getting news. More than 40 percent said the Internet was an important part of banking and shopping.
The Internet is used for "the stuff of daily lives in our society," said Mark Cooper, director of research for the Consumer Federation of America. "People do really get how important the Internet is and how important it is to keep it open."
The survey results are available at http://www.consumerfed.org/pdfs/net_neutrality_poll.pdf.