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Poll: 8 in 10 fear hit from financial crisis


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new poll suggests Americans are worrying whether their jobs, home values, children's futures and retirement plans are at risk because of the financial fallout.

According to an AP-GfK poll eight in 10 people surveyed fear the crisis will affect them directly. But 45 percent of all adults surveyed still opposed the proposed government bailout.

Nearly 40 percent were in favor of the 700 billion dollar package and 16 percent were not sure.

The banks get the most of the blame for the crisis caused by risky mortgages, followed closely in the poll by the federal government for not providing adequate regulation.

About 55 percent of Americans polled say the government should have a role, but only a limited one, when bailing out failing private businesses.

The AP-GfK poll interviewed 1,160 adults nationwide.

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