Oct 6, 2011 2:34 PM by John Sherer
Today's Rasmussen Reports survey finds that most Americans don't like bailouts for financial instutions.
60% Oppose Financial Bailouts; 74% Say Wall Street Benefited Most
Survey of 1,000 American Adults
• 7% believe the average taxpayer benefited more than Wall Street from the bailouts, while 74% now think Wall Street benefited more.
• Just 20% think it was a good idea for the government to provide bailout funding to banks and other financial institutions, but 60% say otherwise.
• While many activists try to link the Republican Party and Wall Street, Republicans think the bailouts were a bad idea by an eight-to-one margin.
• Those not affiliated with either major party think they were a bad idea by a four-to-one margin. Democrats are much more evenly divided. Thirty-four percent (34%) of those in the president's party say the bailouts were a good idea while 42% disagree.
• Overall, 68% believe that most of the bailout money went to the very people who created the nation's ongoing economic crisis, but 12% disagree and 21% aren't sure.
• Two-out-of-three Americans (66%) believe the federal government has not been aggressive enough in pursuing possible criminal behavior by some Wall Street bankers, but 10% don't feel that's true and 25% are not sure.
17% Say Their Finances Are Getting Better
Survey of 1,500 American Adults
• The Rasmussen Consumer Index held steady on Thursday for the fifth straight day. At 66.6, consumer confidence is up six points from last week and three points from a month ago.
• The Rasmussen Investor Index dipped a point on Thursday to 70.4, showing little change from a week ago, but is down three points from a month ago.
• 66% say the United States is currently in a recession, but 15% disagree.
• Among investors, 68% say the nation is in a recession while 20% believe it's not.