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Poll Watch: 56 Per Cent OPPOSE Any More Government Help for Banks

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Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

The American voting public does NOT heart the banking industry.

When asked the question: Do you favor or oppose additional government spending or guarantees being to help the troubled banking industry? The answer is a resounding NO.

While the Obama Administration is pledging up to $2.5 trillion in support for the troubled U.S. financial system, 56% of Americans oppose giving bankers any additional government money or any guarantees backed by the government.

Twenty percent (20%) support such assistance, and 24% are not sure in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. The polling was done Monday and Tuesday nights. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced the bank bailout plan on Tuesday, but its contents were widely reported before that.

Among those more closely attuned to the workings of the financial industry, opposition is even higher. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of investors oppose the new bailout, compared to 53% of non-investors.

The stock market plunged 4.6% in reaction to Geithner’s plan, and consumer confidence as measured by the Rasmussen Consumer Index fell to an all-time low. The Rasmussen Investor Index remains just slightly above the all-time low it hit in December.

Americans want to see details from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and President Obama on how they deal with toxic bank assets.

Why not just let the banks fail and recapitalize new banks?

A plurality of Americans say the earlier bank bailout plan has either had no impact or made the economy worse. Moreover, most Americans don’t think their political leaders know what they’re doing anyway as they wrestle with the country’s economic problems.

As the bank CEO’s go up on Capitol Hill today, hat in hand, keep in mind the American public does NOT support any further government bailout.

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One thought on “Poll Watch: 56 Per Cent OPPOSE Any More Government Help for Banks

  1. I couldn’t agree more. The government has wasted enough of the taxpayers money and it’s time to let this thing run its course. Unfortunately we are all going to have to take a bite out of this financial nightmare. Continuously mortgaging our kids future is certainly not the answer.
    This is my first time here and really like the blog.
    I’ll be back.

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