Harris: Americans blame Congress for financial strife

By Gary Linnell

ProWEB Wire (Industry News)


Almost three-quarters of Americans (72 percent) say they blame Congress for their financial situation while 71 percent blame Wall Street.

And over two in five adults (43 percent) blame Wall Street a great deal for their financial situation while 38 percent say the same about Congress, according to The Harris PollĀ® of 2,276 adults.

Congress may be controlled by Democrats right now but they are not given much leeway by their partisans with 70 percent of Democrats blaming them along with three-quarters of both Republicans (75 percent) and Independents (75 percent).

While Wall Street and Congress rise to the top they are not the only ones who get blame. Over three in five Americans (63 percent) blame large corporations and 60 percent blame state government for their financial situation. Just under half blame the President (47 percent) and local government (47 percent) for their financial situation.

Three groups manage to avoid most of the blame and they are the ones closest to most people. Over four in five adults (85 percent) say they do not blame their family for their financial situation while 71 percent say they do not blame their employer and 61 percent do not blame themselves. Two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) say they do not blame their family at all for their financial situation.