No clear consumer support for automotive bailout
52% of survey respondents disapprove of a government bailout for GM and Ford.
Consumer sentiment mirrors initial reaction to bank bailout package.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 3 - CarGurus (https://www.cargurus.com/), a leading online automotive community, today announced the results of its survey of more than 8,000 online automotive consumers worldwide. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they do not support a government bailout for General Motors and Ford. While 48% do favor some sort of bailout, the survey illustrated the lack of consumer consensus on bailouts and in particular federal support for these leading U.S. automotive manufacturers.
Lack of consensus mirrors split over bank bailout package
"In these tough economic times, consumers appear to be torn on whether to support Ford and GM with some sort of federal assistance," remarked Langley Steinert, CEO/co-founder of CarGurus. "Not unlike the close votes in Congress on the bank bailout, the nation is split on federal assistance for private industry. Many see it as a necessary step to save jobs, but an equal proportion find it hard to stomach using public funds to support private industry."
Across the CarGurus Network, respondents answered the question:
|Should the government bail out GM and Ford?
(Total Votes = 8,100)
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Located in Harvard Square, Cambridge MA, CarGurus LLC is an online automotive community founded by Langley Steinert, formerly Chairman and co-founder TripAdvisor LLC. CarGurus' founders, board, and investors bring a wealth of experience from such leading web companies as TripAdvisor, eBay, Expedia, and Yahoo. For more information about CarGurus visit us at www.cargurus.com.