Rasmussen: Voters Split On Bailout 45% For To 44% Against

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Polls

And here are the details…

  • Fewer than half (45%) believe the rejection of the economic plan will actually hurt the economy
  • 33% think the media and members of Congress have portrayed the current economic situation as worse than it really is.
  • Just over one-in-five voters (22%) remain undecided.
  • Eighty-eight percent (88%) are following news stories about the rescue plan.
  • Fifty-two percent (52%) of Republicans say Wall Street should work out its own problems versus 40% who want Congress to take action to help the financial industry.
  • By comparison, 51% of Democrats want congressional action, while 38% think Wall Street should be left to its own devices.
  • Unaffiliated voters are evenly divided.

However, I’d like to pull up two additional data points I shared from Rasmussen’s polling yesterday…

  • Just 49% understand that the government anticipates recovering a significant portion of the $700 billion when the assets purchased are resold. Twenty-six percent (26%) say that’s not part of the plan while the rest are not sure.
  • Those who understand that taxpayers will eventually get much of the money back support the bailout by a 2-to-1 margin. Those who incorrectly believe the government will not be getting money back oppose the bailout by a 62% to 18% margin.

Rasmussen doesn’t reveal voter perceptions of what the bailout means in today’s numbers, but one can bet that many who oppose it still believe that the bailout represents a pure, unadulterated bailout instead of an investment in our debt infrastructure which could prove lucrative over time.


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One Response to “Rasmussen: Voters Split On Bailout 45% For To 44% Against”

  1. rachel Says:

    45% to 44%? That sounds about right, and I’m just talking about what I think of it. I mean, nearly half the time I think the bailout is nasty medicine we’re just going to have to take if our economy is to recover, and most of the rest of the time I remember that this administration is a gang of liars and thieves who should never, ever be trusted again. Dillinger had more credibility than these guys. The other 9% of the time, I’m just thankful my husband and I have no debts and no dependants.

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