November 4th, 2008
07:46 PM ET
12 years ago

Exit Polls: More Government, No Bailout

(CNN) - Among voters surveyed today, a bare majority - 51 percent - think the government should do more to solve problems. Forty-three percent believe the government is doing too much.

At the same time, early exit polling shows only a minority of voters - 40 percent - support the $700 billion government plan to assist failing financial companies. Fifty-six percent are opposed.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Exit Polls
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. TRUTH

    thanks to George Bush the demiseof the republican party

    November 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. pat

    Of course. We are in a bad mood. And we deserve to be. We've been pretty tolerant, haven't we, for a long time.

    But I hope Americans will think clearly today and in the months that follow and not let their frustrations get in the way of their intelligence. And we are very intelligent people. Let's get all the information we can and make our own decisions and let our elected officials know what we need and want. Remember, Americans, we are in control. We have forgotten our power. Let's recapture it.

    Whether you are Democrat or Republican or Independent, we are all Americans. Let's step up to what that means.

    November 4, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. California Gold

    Well this is a no brainer. I haven't met anyone who has gotten sucked under by the lenders who favored shoveling more taxpayer money to the creditors and letting the taxpayer get foreclosed and screwed in the deal. Wait until January when the 1099-MISC forms for the deficiencies start filling taxpayers' mailboxes. There may be rioting in the streets.

    November 4, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Katie from Pittsburgh, PA

    In times of trouble, socialism. In times of prosperity, capitalism. It seems people don't know what they want.

    November 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Stray Voltage

    Of course no bail out to the very banks that are knocking our doors and mercilessly foreclosing on us. To hell with them – REVERSE THE BAILOUT package

    November 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Tbob

    I got your back on that one... Bye Bye Bush!

    November 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Lauren the Engineer

    I am hoping for smart investments in programs that will benefit society. What would you do without the products that were made possible by research grants from our government?

    For example:
    SiO Flash memory (used in your iPod), NSF, 2003
    Fire-resistant veneer (used for your office desk), NIST, 1999
    Internet search (Google), NSF, 1995
    Miniature GPS, DARPA, 1992
    Mapping of the Human Genome, DoE Office of Science, 1986
    Antiviral materials (like those in your tissues, soap), NIH, 2005

    Bush did not fund America COMPETES Act which provides much needed research money. Now we're falling behind...

    We all benefit from investments in R&D and many technical jobs are created. For those of you who want to hoard all of your money, good luck inventing your own technology!

    November 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Tray

    Right, foreclosing on the very people who took out loans they couldn't pay back in the first place....

    November 4, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. c

    I keep seeing only exit numbers for the white voters... what are the exit numbers for the black voters????

    November 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. stellamac

    The government needs to interfere less in personal lives, but do more to help keep capitalists from ripping us off. End of discussion.

    November 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. JC

    How very contracting of the voters.....shows a scary lack of understanding of the issues!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. what?

    what?! No bailout? I'm all for less government in most cases, but we need the bailout to keep our economy from collapsing. If our finacial infrastructure collapses then we will enter the second great depression.

    "Mercilessly foreclosing"? The problem is that they didn't "mercilessly" deny applications for morgages. They let too many people get morgages who couldn't afford them. The people getting the morgages are equally at fault. If you can't pay your morgage then you can't keep the house. Why should a bank give you a home for free?

    November 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Roman S.

    I'm one who is opposed to the bailout. We just did one and now another? How about bailing out US Citizens? The combination of the two bailouts, if put into the hands of the People, would definitely be a stimulus to the Nation's economy. Trickle Down Economics actually starts at the Consumer Base, not the Corporate Base. Put money in the hands of the People and it will trickle in the form of direct taxes to the Treasury, and Corporations will make more from sales, thereby increasing the taxes they would pay on profits.

    On another note, when is the last time someone took notice of the National Debt Clock? Google it. That thing runs at approx. $6 mil per minute. Does either candidate or party have a plan to slow down, stop , and reverse the clock? Or is there any such revenue source that could counter that trend? Otherwise the number will grow larger and the charge per minute is going to increase in proportion to the size of the debt.

    I'm working on a ten year plan to reverse the National Debt Clock. Maybe I will announce my own Candidacy for President 2012 sometime in the future and campaign on the basis of my US Citizen Bailout Plan and other issues. Like a 20% flat tax across the board. Health Care – a graduated plan that starts out paying 50-50 with a US Citizen. Abortion – Pro Choice because each individual case has different circumstances. And so on.

    November 4, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. bush lover

    Oh, if we could only have 4 more years of Bush!!! Oh, what wonderous things he would do to make this country and the world a better place. Ok, can I puke now?

    November 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    January 2009 can't come soon enough! Bye-Bye Dubya!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. John Q Cynic

    More government is good, if it's purpose is to lead the nation in an effort to create solutions to problems we face. We have a need for aggressive research & development in clean energy technologies. Ford & GM should be working with Universities funded by government grants that will create the affordable clean energy engines for tomorrows cars. We develop the technologies, we once again lead the world with new ideas. I remember the old Ford advertising hook. Remember the "Light-Bulb" that lite, with a better idea. I worked for Ford Aerospace (in the 80's), and it was a dynamic company, and we did a lot of good work, with a lot of smart men, and women. Technology...R&D...Not Bail Outs for the Irresponsible.

    November 4, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. SylJack26

    Bush you've taken from us for too long. Do you really think that we'll let McCain come in after and take the rest......NOT!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. NoSellout

    I hope the voters cripple both parties tonight. We need new political leadership, no more Democrat/Republican/Clinton/Bush garbage. Vote them all out. I voted against every incumbent I could find. This Congress needs to go. Fire them all.

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Jay B

    Oh, and this whole thing about _people_ wanting a bailout on their mortgages infuriates me. My wife and I chose to stay in a smaller house, and not get a bigger one via a fancy mortgage that had small payments early. And so we're not in default.

    And now I'm supposed to feel sorry for the people who _ignored_ the notion that their mortgage rate was going to be adjusted, and their payments _could_ go up? Did they not _do_ basic household budget planning 101?

    I have no sympathy for people who got themselves into bad mortgages. We all get pressured to buy stuff. When it's your house, and your _biggest_ payment in life, don't you think you should simply be cautious? And not believe every bill of goods you're being sold by the mortgage broker? Does a person making $80k/year really think that through some mathematical magic that they can afford a $750,000 house? Get REAL.

    November 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Mike in FXBG

    you idiots! especially CNN, what did you think this bailout was going to get you? Socialism with a smile...

    November 4, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. kurt

    I am all for more goverment when it comes to setting policies. There is so much that can be done to redefine the role of social security and health care. They can be a part of coordingating fossil fuel conservation and createing incentives for the use of fuel efficient technologies. International trade , defense, and foreign affairs are important roles as well. I do not beleive we should give politicians fat budgets to dole out to constituenciesand redistribute wealth. There is just too much conflict of interest- too much power. Campaign finance has to change so that congress is not so focused on raising campaign funds through promising bills that have nothing to do with the greater good of the nation. Eliminate the conflicts of interest, the lobbyists and PACs then they can focus on government.

    November 4, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. maurice

    im opposed to any bailouts and handouts. read the fine print before you sign your lives away. quit thinking illegals will only do the jobs others dont want. quit puting your hand out thinking the rich guys owe you. cause they dont owe anyone squat. and im far from rich. 35,000-40,000/yr. we are adults not jr high students.

    November 4, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |