In the wake of the city of Detroit filing for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, the question of whether or not the federal government should bail out the city has resulted in a fierce political debate. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday, a narrow majority of self-described Democrats favor a federal bailout for Detroit while self-identified Republicans and independents strongly oppose a bailout. Minority voters and those making less than $50,000 also favor a federal bailout of the city.
“Do you think that there should or should not be a federal government bailout of Detroit?” Quinnipiac asked respondents.
A total of 57 percent of all registered voters oppose a federal bailout for the Motor City, while 33 percent would support that measure. A majority – 51 percent – of Democrats think that the federal government should bail out the city, while only 18 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of independents agree.
65 percent of independents and 73 percent of Republicans think the city should work out its financial problems on its own. They are joined by 35 percent of Democrats.
A majority of men and women agree that Detroit should not receive a bailout, but the results differ dramatically along racial lines. 63 percent of white voters say Detroit should not receive a bailout while 57 percent of black voters and 48 percent of Hispanic voters believe Washington should bail the city out.
While a plurality or a majority of voters across all age groups oppose a federal bailout for the Motor City, a majority of voters making under $50,000 per year believe a bailout should be in the offing for the city. Those voters making more than $50,000 per year oppose a bailout.
This poll was conducted from July 28 – 31 of 1,468 registered voters with a margin of +/- 2.6 percent.
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