Do Americans Support the Auto Bailout?
9:30 AM, Dec 22, 2008 • By GARY ANDRES
President Bush approved a short-term bridge loan to Detroit on Friday averting a pre-New Year's bankruptcy for one or more of the auto companies. But the White House action also kicked the can to the Obama administration to figure out a longer-term solution.
Many national polling organizations have measured public opinion on the bailout over the past several weeks. The results are decidedly mixed and in some cases contradictory when comparing different polls. But as always, question wording matters a great deal. Mark Blumenthal at Pollster.com reviews a host of recent surveys about the auto bailout and shows how the results change based on how the question is asked.
Read Blumenthal's full post here.
Breaking down the numbers by partisan identification raises some red flags for the Obama Administration. The same polls also reinforce congressional Republican anger toward the Bush White House for supporting the automakers' request for a bridge loan, as expressed in this piece by Martin Kady at Politico.
About 50 percent of independents and 50 percent of Republicans oppose the bailout, according to data compiled by political scientist Charles Franklin. Franklin writes:
Read Franklin's full post here.