In an earlier post US referenced a NYT article that suggested that opposition to the bail out was overwhelming. And indeed, CNN international seems to be echoing that statement in their questions. Lots of questions to pundits about "were you surprised at the savage opposition to a bail out?"
Friday, September 26, 2008
But the polls tell a more ambiguous story. According to Pollingreport.com 46% of respondents oppose a bail out and 42% support it. Presumably this was when the only plan being discussed was the Bush-Paulson plan which is the most costly and least democratic (i.e. lacking in oversight or checks and balances).
The same poll said that 58% supported the concept of a federal bailout. But 42% said they didn't know enough about what Congress was doing to support any specific plan.
This is a MUCH different picture. It suggests that the group that gets tagged as the high demanders or the obstructionists (looking like it will be the House Republicans) will end up getting blamed for any ensuing problems.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 8:05 AM