Despite signs the U.S. auto industry is thriving, Americans are sill unconvinced the industry bailout was a good idea.
The CNNMoney American Dream poll shows six in 10 Americans believe the government should not have spent billions to rescue General Motors ( and Chrysler from the brink of bankruptcy. Just under four in 10 -- 38% -- believe the bailout was the right move. )
The cash infusions five years ago not only propped up those two industry giants, but boosted downstream suppliers and other companies that rely on the auto sector. Ford (, for example, has said it )would not have survived the economic impact of GM and Chrysler collapsing.
The poll may suggest more general dissatisfaction with the auto industry, which so far this year has recalled 24.7 million vehicles. GM recalled 13.9 million, including vehicles with a deadly flaw it did not reveal for a decade.
The poll shows Republicans largely oppose the bailout -- 80% to 20% -- which began under President George W. Bush and was continued by President Obama. On the other hand, 56% of Democrats said they support it.