Emily Swanson | July 14, 2010
State of the Country
31% Right Direction, 63% Wrong Track (chart)
Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now?
41% Unemployment/jobs, 265 The federal deficit/government spending, 13% Oil spill in the Gulf
Let me ask you about the U.S. economy specificallyùdo you feel it is starting to get better, staying the same, or is getting worse?
28% Getting better, 36% Staying the same, 35% Getting worse
In general, would you say you are personally better off or worse off today than you were 18 months ago, or are you in about the same situation?
17% Better, 29% Worse, 54% Same
Do you think the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP, was necessary to prevent the financial industry from failing and drastically hurting the US economy, or was it an unneeded bailout?
28% Necessary, 58% Unneeded
In general, what is your view on the need for government regulationùdo you think there is a need for more regulation, less regulation, or about the same as we have now?
35% More regulation, 33% Less regulation, 30% Same
Congress is on the verge of passing a bill that creates new regulations for financial institutions. Is it your sense this legislation does more to protect the financial industry or more to protect consumers?
47% The financial industry, 38% Consumers