Poll: Majority oppose bailing out Detroit
August 2nd, 2013
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Poll: Majority oppose bailing out Detroit

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(CNN) - A new poll released Friday indicates a majority of American voters oppose a federal bailout for Detroit following the city's recent filing for bankruptcy.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 57% of registered voters oppose the idea of a federal bailout, while 33% support such a move.

Detroit last month became the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in the country's history after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and officials said the city can't afford its $11.5 billion in liabilities associated with pension benefits, retiree health care and unsecured debt held by investors.

The Quinnipiac survey
shows a partisan and racial divide on the question of a federal bailout. Democrats support bailing out Detroit 51% – 35%, while Republicans oppose the rescue by a margin of 65% to 28%.

Black voters also tend to favor a bailout by a slight majority, 57% to 36%. White voters, meanwhile, oppose that kind of federal assistance by a margin of 63% to 26%.

Overall, nearly six in ten Americans say the federal government should not bail the city out.

"The strong opposition among voters to a federal bailout of Detroit will make it politically very difficult for the folks in Washington to come to Detroit's rescue," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

And White House Press Secretary Jay Carney repeatedly said last week the White House has "no plans" to provide a bailout for the city.

"The city has to and the state have to work that out with the city's creditors," he said in a press briefing, though he added the Obama administration will work with the city to "talk about policy ideas" that will help Detroit move forward.

For the poll, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,468 registered voters by telephone from July 28-31. The sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

- CNN's Ashley Killough and James O'Toole contributed to this report.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. aCriticalEye

    Not one GOP/Tea Nut woulf lift a finger to help a fellow American. Thir mantra, "More for me, less for you" as thus implosion of the United States begins. The inner cities will start the process, and the ripple effect will cover the country.
    BRAVO GOP, you got your wish...

    August 2, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  2. onlyfacts

    Now let's see another poll asking, would you oppose a federal bailout if YOUR city was filing bankruptcy and your retirement or pensions were in jeopardy? These Christian Republicans poll results would change really quick!

    August 2, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  3. Minnie Mouse

    Detroit needs to file bankruptcy. It gives a second chance to get it together, move forward and learn from the past. What else will they need if they are bailed out and will the money be repaid back??

    August 2, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  4. S. B. Stein

    There should be some concessions on the pensions that cover the current former employees. I think it would help if some of it was covered by the pension protection agency that covers private company pensions.

    August 2, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  5. Tigas

    If a major US city goes bankrupt, it is not optimal.

    August 2, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  6. jsmoulder

    I sure hope Democrats will bail me out if I loss my job.

    August 2, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  7. smith

    I think all the liberals and democrat voters should bailout Detroit. They love unions and want drugs legal (2 major reasons this happend). Let them back up their liberal thinking.

    August 2, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Of course we oppose bailing out Detroit. We already did that, hundreds of billions of dollar's worth, in 2007 and 2008. Enough is enough.

    August 2, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  9. g

    wonder why -the tax payers would rather pay the government to spy on them

    August 2, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. g

    maybe they should change their name to bank of michigan

    August 2, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. RandyIA

    Detroit should avoid the middle man and go straight to China for a bailout.

    August 2, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. lew todd

    Why bailout the bondholders...They knew what they were getting into when they bought the bonds...

    August 2, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Mightyduk

    Those unfortunately public employees will have to take it in the shorts for supporting career welfare recipients. I am a registered democrat but fully understand we cannot keep paying for those who are UNWILLING to contribute to society. And unfortunately no politician right or left have the courage to confront the REAL issues.

    August 2, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. Hector Slagg

    Those that don't learn from their mistakes are bound to repeat them. The American people are a generous people and give more than any other country in the world. Just look at what happened after 911. If the State of Michigan took over Detroit that is helping a bad situation. Some help where it is needed but not a complete bailout.

    August 2, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I say let the governor's Emergency Manager figure it out. He's been working on Detroit for almost two years now. He was supposed to have fixed this problem. I agree with the White House. Let the governe and his hand-picked czar figure it out.

    August 2, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Dixie

    The city should get help but there must be a plan to show they are able to make payments to repay this help. What if it was a major city in your state?

    August 2, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Rudy NYC


    The city should get help but there must be a plan to show they are able to make payments to repay this help. What if it was a major city in your state?
    Are you familiar with Michigan's "Emergency Manager" legislation? It says that if a municipality has "X" amount of financial trouble, then the governor can appoint an Emergency Manager to run the city. The EM has authority over all elected officials, and is essentially a financial dictator. The EM stays in place for as long as he feels that he is needed.

    Detroit has had an EM for nearly two years. Pontiac, MIchigan's Silverdome was recently sold for $583,000 by Pontiac's EM to a business partner of his. Do you recall that ridiculous looking campaign rally that Mitt Romney conducted inside the domed stadium, which was attended by roughly 50 people?

    August 2, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wasn't it cnn that wrote a less RED MEAT article a week or so ago where they fairly stated that the city comtroller, or some such person, had NOT applied for, askedfor, nor expected federal assistance?
    Why then are we doing a poll on something that is not a real option?

    August 2, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |