80% Favor Auditing the Federal Reserve
(80%) of Americans now agree with Congress that auditing the Federal
Reserve Board is a good idea, according to a new Rasmussen Reports
national telephone survey.
percent (9%) oppose an audit of the Fed, and 12% more are not sure.
little change from December.
But itís up five points from last
July when Congressman Ron Paulís proposal began to gain steam
Ben Bernanke has consistently opposed such an audit of the Fedís
monetary policies, but itís included in the major financial regulatory
legislation now being pushed through Congress. Forty-six percent
(46%) of Americans oppose more government
regulation of the U.S. financial system, but 37% are in favor
of it. Just 27% favor giving the Fed more regulatory control over
the financial system.
of 1,000 U.S. Adults was conducted on May 2122, 2010 by Rasmussen
Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/Ė3 percentage points
with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports
surveys is conducted by Pulse
Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
an audit of the Fed even more strongly than non-investors.
and adults not affiliated with either major party also favor an
audit more than Democrats do, but support for auditing the Fed is
high across all demographic groups.
supporters of the audit see it in part as a way to check how much
the Fedís actions are influenced by political pressure. Sixty percent
(60%) of Americans believe the Fed
chairman is influenced by the president in his decision-marking.
Just 20% say the chairman acts independently.
the Fed have been key players in the Obama administrationís unpopular
stimulus and bailout
were evenly divided over whether Bernanke should stay or go just
before the Senate confirmed the presidentís nomination of him to
term as Fed chairman.
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