Americans Loathe Bankers -- But Dislike More Financial Rules Too

Douglas McIntyre

It doesn't take a genius to guess that Americans don't like bankers, and in many cases they loathe them. Now, a new Bloomberg poll confirms this. The survey of 1,002 U.S. adults, conducted March 19-22 by Selzer & Co., shows that 57% of respondents have a mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable view of Wall Street and that 60% have an unfavorable view of insurance companies.

Much of the ire comes from the way respondents view Wall Street firms. "Big financial companies are more interested in enriching themselves at the expense of ordinary people," 56% of those polled believe.