For whatever polls may be worth, here is the latest on the public mood against borrow-and-spend profligacy of government interventionism that forces taxpayers to foot the bill for financial institutions' avoiding real consequences for their lousy judgments and greedy risk-taking.
Poll: Most not happy with bailout, oppose spending more
"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.
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.
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."