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Americans Still Sour About Government Bailouts of Big Banks

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may not be winning most of the state presidential primaries, but his strong criticism of the government’s treatment of Wall Street institutions certainly resonates with most Americans.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of American Adults say that, looking back, it was a bad idea for the federal government to provide bailout funding for banks and other financial institutions. Only 23% think the government bailouts were a good idea, and just as many (22%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 17-18, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 17-18, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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