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41% Like Boycotts to Protest Bailouts

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A surprising number of voters unhappy with government bailouts are ready to act themselves rather than rely on Congress.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are at least somewhat likely to boycott all companies that have been bailed out by the government, with 16% who say they are Very Likely to do so.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters are unlikely to boycott the bailed-out companies and institutions, but that includes just 18% who are Not At All Likely to do so. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In June 2009, 17% of Americans though it was a good idea to protest the government bailout of General Motors by boycotting the company and refusing to buy its cars. By September, 27% said they or someone they knew had already avoided buying a GM car because of the bailout and government’s takeover of the company.

Nearly one-in-five voters (18%) favor a boycott of all firms that received government bailout money. Fifty-seven percent (57%) oppose such a boycott, while another 26% are undecided.

But 35% believe that if consumers boycotted firms that received bailouts, companies would be less likely to accept them. Slightly fewer voters (30%) don’t believe boycotts would discourage companies from taking bailouts, while 34% aren’t sure. 

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on January 17-18, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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