Economic Bailout: Public Remains Closely Divided Overall, but Partisan Support Shifts

Oct 06, 2008

A Pew Research Center poll finds that public reaction to the $700-billion economic bailout package signed into law last week is decidedly mixed, with a narrow plurality of 42% saying it was the right thing to do and 39% saying it was the wrong thing to do; 19% are unsure.

The overall division in public opinion was similar prior to the measure's passage (45% right thing to do, 38% wrong thing in interviews conducted Sept. 27-29).

However, the relative stability in the overall numbers obscures considerable movement in public opinion about the package.

The survey finds that many people changed their minds as the debate unfolded in Washington, with nearly four-in-ten (37%) holding a different opinion in the re-interview survey than they had expressed when interviewed a week ago.

Read the full report Economic Bailout: Public Remains Closely Divided Overall, but Partisan Support Shifts on the Pew Research Center Web site.

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