Thursday, February 19, 2009

Michiaganders Support Auto Bailout

IMBY (In My Back Yard), please.

In a new poll out today, Rasmussen Reports finds that 52 percent of Michigan voters approve of additional taxpayer-backed loans to GM and Chrysler. 36 percent of Michigan voters disapprove and 12 percent are undecided.

The figures markedly contrast the 64 percent national disapproval for more loans.

While the wedge already seems large, the timing may make it worse. The national poll was conducted on February 16-17. The auto companies released their new plans and projections on the 17th, meaning that some in the national poll had yet to see the size of the packages being requested. The Michigan-wide report was conducted February 18th, after the companies requests had been released and prominent papers like The Detroit Free Press outlined the proposals.

In the national poll, some people were responding to the very idea of more money for Detroit. In the Michigan poll some were likely responding to their more immediate reaction the the outlined plans.

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