General Motors is probably more glad than most companies that 2009 is in the past. After all, the Detroit, MI-based automaker saw sales drop by over 30 percent while suffering through the pain and humiliation of bailouts and bankruptcy. With billions in debt erased, retiree health care costs on their way out, fewer plants and dealers and thousands fewer employees, 2010 is looking a hell of a lot better than 2009. Those facts are hard to argue, but it hasn't dissuaded thousands of Americans polled by Rasmussen.

According to a report by Rasmussen, Americans still think The General has a ways to go before it's back on four wheels, as 45 percent of those queried feel the automaker will need more bailouts in the months or years ahead. Not everybody is bearish on GM, though, as evidenced by the 29 percent who felt the automaker is more likely to become profitable than need more bailouts. The rest of those polled don't know what to make of GM's situation.

As bad as those numbers look they are still better than Rasmussen's findings back in September. Four months ago, 57 percent of those polled felt GM would need more bailouts. Interestingly, investors were reportedly a bit less skeptical than the average American, as 34 percent felt GM is more likely to turn a profit than again turn to Uncle Sam for additional capital.

Of the Detroit automakers, customers are predictably most comfortable with Ford's situation, while only 22 percent of those polled felt Chrysler could profit without additional loans. Head over to the Rasmussen report for more info on its survey findings.

[Source: Rasmussen Reports | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]

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