World No Longer Blames the U.S. for Financial Crisis

People in 21 countries blame their own governments for the crisis.

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The United States seems to be off the hook for the world financial crisis, according to the annual Global Attitudes poll from the Pew Research Center. The crisis may have been sparked by the collapse of the U.S. housing market, but people in 21 countries surveyed now place most of the blame for the current crises on either their own governments or on banks. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who helped organize the poll, says that while surprising, the findings support another trend she has noticed about countries worldwide: "They don't trust their institutions."

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