Pollster: Americans want auto industry bailout

11/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The Senate's senior Democrat is asking the top Republican to allow votes next week on new emergency loans for the Detroit Three automakers and more jobless aid to the unemployed.

Harry Reid wrote to GOP Leader Mitch McConnell today asking him to clear Republican roadblocks to passing the package in a post-election session that begins Monday. Reid says aid for the auto industry and jobless is "especially urgent."

McConnell has not taken a public position on such a plan. He is calling instead for a measure that would speed release of a separate $25 billion loan package for the carmakers approved in September to help them develop fuel-efficient vehicles.

Meanwhile, by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, Americans across all segments of the population believe the U.S. government should provide loans to American automakers.

The survey was done by pollster Peter Hart, who spoke to WMNF late today.

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