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Poll: Americans think auto bailouts helped economy

April 13, 2012
About 45 percent of those polled said the federal government’s decision to extend more than $77 billion in emergency loans and bankruptcy financing to General Motors and Chrysler in 2009 “helped” the economy, according to an online poll conducted in March by market research firm Harris Interactive.
Harris cautioned that word choice can affect how voters view the government’s decisions, with “bailout” generating negative opinions and “saving” or “rescuing” producing positive thoughts. In its questions to respondents, the Harris poll referred to the government’s moves as “bailouts.”