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America's "Cash for Clunkers" bill is on the cusp of being signed by President Obama, but according to a new survey by Rasmussen Reports, a majority of U.S. citizens aren't in favor of the plan.

According to the telephone survey, fully 54% of those queried are against the measure, while 35% are in favor and 12% aren't sure how they feel about it. That's up from a similar survey done last month, in which just 34% were against consumer vouchers for trading in older, less efficient cars and trucks. In fairness, Rasmussen Reports indicates that the change could have been influenced by a change in the wording of the respective surveys (the initial survey did not indicate how much the program might cost the government).

While that news may not perk up the spirits of Capitol Hill, the survey's findings that 17% of those asked say they are "very likely" to purchase a new vehicle this year because of the program (and a further 18% admit they are somewhat likely) ought to cheer up a few members of Congress.

Perhaps most interesting of all is news that many Americans would appear to have little faith in the ability of the government to help General Motors improve its fortunes, with 41% expecting for GM's quality to deteriorate under federal ownership. (Presumably, this leaves 59% of those surveyed that feel otherwise or are undecided). Perhaps more damaging is that the study's findings say that fully 57% of those questioned believe that the government is likely to pass laws and regulations that give Chrysler and General Motors unfair advantages over other automakers that did not receive bailout funds.

Oddly, Rasmussen Reports' findings to not disclose the number of people it surveyed, or any +/- accuracy estimates. Perhaps one has to have a 'premium membership' to get access to that data. In any case, check out the link for more of the study's findings.

[Source: Rasmussen Reports via Instapundit | Image: Matt Cardy/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      While I have a very negative outlook on GM's future, I agree. They really are making some good products and have some even better ones coming out.

      The new Lacrosse looks to be very promising.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Obama needs to hire styling Czar for GM. Chip Fooze would be perfect for Chevrolet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love these comments.. they're great really!

      I'm gonna piss on the fire!

      GM's quality can get worse? Really? And the cash for clunkers thing.. the fat dirty old guy in the Ford Tempo I passed this morning is not gonna turn that car in for anything. It's been paid off for, shit, 10 years now and it's still running. He prolly hasn't had a car payment since then and prolly doesn't want one now. It might work for bastards like me that would just try to game the system... and that is not good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm mad that my 93 plymouth acclaim v6 doesn't qualify. Its rated at 20mpg. I guess I'll ride it till it dies. But i'ts like that bunny that keeps going and going and..........
      • 5 Years Ago
      its becuase the governments idea of a clunker is based on MPG and not emissions....a 1992 dodge neon with a cracked block that still runs with a converter that fell off somewhere on the highway isnt a clunker becuase it gets 20 mpg....

      why not make it if your car is over 12 years old or 175k miles you can trade up....besides it doesnt take into account that no one wants to spend money becase the economy is worse than 1980' board of diractors at GM
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yep, and 99% of people who vote on a poll don't know anything about what they're voting on. Maybe if the media stopped telling GM to build "cars that Americans acutally want to buy" and started telling the truth instead, these polls would be something other than utterly meaningless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The people against are the Republicans
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cash for clunkers will devastate car donations to charities since the amount of the voucher is so much greater than the tax deduction. A solution to boosting car sales is to go back to allowing people to take the blue book value of their car as the tax deduction for donating it to charity. Most cars that are donated to charity are recycled. Those that aren't have to be roadworthy and pass inspection before they car be sold or given to the public. The result is less polluting vehicles on the road.
      Karen Campese, CEO
      • 5 Years Ago
      Title doesn't match the article. Summary says 41% of people expect GM quality to dip under GM ownership, title says 59%.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That doesn't really surprise me. I'd guess even bigger percentages were against the much, much bigger banking bailout. What did AIG end up getting? $173B to that company alone? Compared to that, $1B for cash for clunkers was petty change, and with cash for clunkers at least a few members of the general public will benefit. No one from the public benefited from the AIG bailout directly. We may have indirectly though, since economists would argue we might have gone into a depression without it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a comedy of errors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      70% of Americans are mindless IDIOTS anyway so what does this survey mean?

      Most americans need someone else to tell them what to think.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Think about what? :)
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