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Poll: Most not happy with bailout, oppose spending more

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  • More than eight in 10 say first $350 billion of bailout didn't work, poll says
  • Survey: 14 percent say the money accomplished what it was supposed to do
  • Poll says 61 percent opposed to releasing remaining half of bailout funds
  • Most interviews conducted before Senate's vote to release remaining funds
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By Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The government's financial bailout has not worked so far, a majority of respondents to a national poll say, and six in 10 don't want Washington to spend more money on the rescue.

The Senate voted Thursday to release the remaining $350 billion in the financial bailout program.

The Senate voted Thursday to release the remaining $350 billion in the financial bailout program.

Sixty-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Friday oppose providing more government money in the financial bailout.

There are some supporters, however. Thirty-eight percent say the government should provide more assistance to ailing banks and other financial institutions.

Most of the 1,245 adult Americans questioned for the poll were surveyed before Thursday's Senate vote to release the remaining $350 billion in the financial bailout program.

"One reason for the opposition to more money being spent may be that more than eight in 10 said that the first $350 billion of taxpayer money for the bailout didn't work," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director. "Only 14 percent say that the money accomplished what it was supposed to do."

Regardless of the apparent public opposition to the bailout, the Senate voted 52-42 Thursday to release the remaining funds.

"Barack Obama may have something to do with the vote," Holland said. "Democratic leaders in the Senate may not have been eager for a showdown with the president-elect. The public would have been squarely on Obama's side. Sixty-two percent in the poll say they trust Obama more than Democratic congressional leaders." Video Watch experts discuss challenges facing Obama »

Twenty-five percent of those questioned in the poll indicated they would be more likely to trust Democratic congressional leaders over Obama when they disagree on an issue.

The poll also suggests that 50 percent of those questioned believe Republicans are more responsible for the economic problems facing the country. Less than a quarter of the respondents said Democrats are more to blame, and one in five said both parties are equally at fault.

"Democrats may also have recognized that the public still blames the GOP for the bad economy. That suggests that the public may give the Democrats some leeway, at least for now," Holland added.


The 61 percent who oppose providing more taxpayer money for the financial bailout is up from 56 percent who opposed the initial bailout in mid-October.

The CNN/Opinion Research survey was conducted Monday through Thursday by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for some questions and plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for others.

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