Poll: 56 Percent of Public Sector Workers and 65 Percent of Americans Say No to a Bailout For Detroit

The city of Detroit recently filed for bankruptcy, but Americans don’t think taxpayers should be stuck footing the bill.  The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds 65 percent of Americans do not think federal taxpayer money should be used to bail out Detroit.

Even majorities of public sector workers (56 percent) and Democrats (53 percent) are against bailing out Detroit.

Overall, less than a third of Americans (31 percent) think federal taxpayer money should go to bail out Detroit.

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to favor a bailout, 41 to 21 percent. Forty-one percent of public sector workers support a bailout for Detroit.


Nationwide telephone poll conducted September 4-8 2013 interviewed 1013 adults on both mobile (509) and landline (504) phones, with a margin of error +/- 3.7%. Columns may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full poll results found here. Full methodology can be found here.

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  • UnCivilServant||

    This public sector worker opposes bailing out detroit.

  • Swiss Servator - Gnome Slave||

    I bet AFSCME is crapping bricks right about now.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Does Emily have a forthcoming book on polling about to come out?

  • RBS||

    Insert creepy comment here.

  • Nazdrakke||

    It's polls all the way down.

  • ||

    So are networks and more mainstream news outlets picking up all these reason-rube polls?

  • Invisible Finger||

    Frightening numbers. Should be in the upper 90's.

  • Protagoronus||

    +1 Chicken Dinner

  • Steve G||

    Concur. Where do these pro-bail out clowns think the money comes from?

  • Almanian!||

    No, fuck you, cut spending.

  • Almanian!||

    Also, fuck Detroit.

  • AlexInCT||

    And California, which if they pay off Detroit will want it's own bailout.

  • ||

    If they bailout either, I am not paying any more income taxes. I will not accept taxation without representation.


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