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The American People: Smarter Than They Look On TV

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New public opinion research by the Economic Policy Institute contains reassuring findings. The American people are smarter than they sometimes look on TV.

The survey of 802 registered voters in September 2009, revealed a clear sense of who's winning and who's losing in the economy and politics. People were asked who "the government's policies to deal with the economic recession have helped." The frontrunner was "large banks" (62 percent) followed by "Wall Street investment companies" (54 percent). Trailing way behind were "people who have lost their jobs or had their hours cut back" (15 percent) and the "average working person" (13 percent). "Me and my family" came in last place at ten percent.

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Joe the teabagger might be getting hoodwinked about who he should march against -- but he knows who (still) calls the shots in Washington. He's right to be angry.

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Source: Economic Policy Institute

The EPI survey contains findings ratified elsewhere about economic pessimism. 85 percent of registered voters think the country is "still in recession" and 73 percent rate economic conditions as "not so good" or "poor." 83 percent consider unemployment a "big problem." Lack of jobs is the biggest problem in the economy, followed closely by the federal deficit and the cost of health care.

But EPI probes deeper than most surveys, and reveals profound insights about American long range thinking. Specifically focusing on the deficit, EPI asks whether it is better resolved by investing in "job creation, education and energy" or by "cutting government spending." More than three times as many Americans preferred investment to cuts (73 v. 24 percent).

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Source: Economic Policy Institute

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Eric Lotke has cooked in five-star restaurants and flushed every toilet in the Washington D.C. jail. He has filed headline lawsuits and published headline research on crime, prisons, and sex offenses. His most recent book is Making Manna.

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