September 20, 2013

Majority of Americans say banks, large corporations benefitted most from U.S. economic policies


Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say large banks and financial institutions have benefited the most from post-recession government policies.

The public sees clear winners and losers as a result of the government’s economic policies following the recession that began in 2008.

In the public’s view, the beneficiaries of these policies are large banks and financial institutions, large corporations and wealthy people, according to a survey conducted earlier this month. Sizable majorities say government policies have helped all three at least a fair amount – 69% say that about large banks and financial institutions, 67% large corporations and 59% wealthy people.

DN_Winners_LosersMeanwhile, fewer than a third say policies implemented by the government following the recession have helped the poor, middle class and small businesses. Roughly seven-in-ten say government policies have done little or nothing to help the poor (72%), the middle class (71%) and small businesses (67%).

There has been little change in these perceptions since the question was last asked in July 2010.

The public had a dim view of assistance that the government gave to banks and financial institutions during the recession, after the 2008 fiscal meltdown threatened many of them. A Feb. 2012 survey found that 52% of Americans thought bailing out the banks through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was the wrong thing to do, while 39% supported the action.  That was a big turnaround from 2008 when the crisis hit in 2008 and 57% had said TARP was the right thing to do.

Category: Daily Number

Topics: Economic Policy, National Economy

  1. Photo of Bruce Drake

    is a senior editor at Pew Research Center.


  1. Obbop4 years ago

    The time has come to fight back against those who have usurped the Founders’ creation.

    The class war by the few against the multitudes must be stopped.

    It is also time to force the monolithic corporations to serve people rather than We, the People being forced to submit to the corporations.

    I fear that only a full-scale military coup can make ANY meaningful changes in the systems created and operated to benefit the few at the expense of the many.

    Arise, citizens. The mental slave chains self-applied by your life-long indoctrination to accept that as things are is correct and proper must be removed.

  2. ed4 years ago

    The general public are being financially taken to the out house

  3. Nys Parkie4 years ago

    Give me a Gomer Pyle cheer…Some are paying attention !!! Zowie…