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Americans Don't Support Bailouts for Cities Like Hartford

Hartford, the state capital of Connecticut, is close to declaring bankruptcy, saying it won't be able to pay all its bills within 60 days. But just as they did when Detroit was nearing bankruptcy in 2013, Americans don’t want the government getting involved.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of American Adults think the federal government should provide bailout funding for cities with serious financial problems such as Hartford. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not think the federal government should be providing bailouts to struggling cities, but 25% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 10-11, 2017 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 national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 10-11, 2017 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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