The Behind the Numbers blog at the Washington Post reports on a poll about the proposed auto bailout:
SOURCE: Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted Dec. 3-7 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Although Republicans and Independents oppose the bailout by larger majorities, Democrats are also opposed:
Democrats are about evenly divided on the auto company loans (42 percent support, 47 percent oppose), while sizable majorities of Republicans (57 percent) and independents (55 percent) lined up against the idea.
Support for government infusion peaks in the Midwest, home to much of the affected manufacturing base (44 percent support, 48 percent oppose), but meets stiffer opposition elsewhere – 57 percent of those in the Northeast disapprove of the funds as do 56 percent of southerners and 52 percent in the West.
And the younger consumers American automakers need to woo are less supportive of the bailout plan than their elders. Among seniors, views are evenly split (45 percent favor, 44 percent oppose), but among those under age 45 a broad majority opposes the plan (59 percent).
While it would be nice to think that the politicians will listen to their constituents, that is unlikely with elections two years away.