Americans Don't Want a Corporate Bailout

A poll for the Kauffman Foundation found voters don't want a CEO to manage the economy.


Sorry, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, but Americans want the free market and not Washington to decide which companies live or die. Pollster Frank Luntz tells Whispers that only 25 percent of voters want the Feds to bail out corporate America. In a poll for the Kauffman Foundation, apparently angry voters decidedly rejected those typically handed the nation's economic reins. Only 14 percent want a Fortune 500 CEO—like Paulson—to manage the economy, and a similar 14 percent want a lawmaker in charge. So, who's da boss? Some 56 percent said a successful small-business owner should run the shop.