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Poll: Americans still oppose Detroit auto bailout

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

President Obama may have thrilled union autoworkers with his Detroit auto bailout, but a majority of Americans still think that it was a bad decision, according to a New United Technologies/National Journal poll.

Thirty-six percent of Americans think the government should have provided help, but 55 percent think “these companies should have been allowed to succeed or fail on their own,” the poll shows. The results echo other surveys, including a May 2010 poll conducted by CBS News in which a third of respondents thought the government should have helped, while 61 percent thought they should not have.

Even 51 percent of Democrats oppose the Detroil bailout, joined by 73 percent of Republicans.

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