Public opinion 10 years after the financial crash
Survey data collected before the 2008 financial crisis show that Americans have long had doubts about Wall Street, banks, and financial institutions, even though they recognize that these institutions are necessary for the US economy to flourish. The 2008 crash profoundly affected people’s views of Wall Street, the economy, and their family’s prospects. For example, in a November 2009 Gallup poll, the view that it was a good time to find a quality job dropped to its lowest level ever, 8 percent. There has been a small recovery in the major confidence-in-institutions indicators, and most Americans do not feel the economic system is more secure today than it was before the financial crisis.