Comcast beats Monsanto in Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America” poll

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Comcast has edged out controversial agribusiness giant Monsanto in Consumerist's March Madness-style "Worst Company in America" poll.

"In one of the narrowest Final Death Matches in the centuries’ long history of WCIA battle, Comcast managed to hold the genetically modified body blows of Monsanto," Consumerist wrote.

To outlast 31 other competitors, Comcast had to win five rounds, defeating Yahoo, Facebook, Verizon, and SeaWorld before taking on Monsanto. The final poll was close, with 51.5 percent of voters selecting Comcast. Consumerist is owned by Consumer Reports, which is arguing against Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, so it's perhaps no surprise that Comcast fared poorly.

Consumerist told Ars that while the poll wasn't scientific, it included many thousands of people, and the site blocked repeat voters. A Consumer Reports survey that was more thorough than the Consumerist poll rated Comcast 15th out of 17th in customer satisfaction for telecommunications providers.