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AFR/CRL: Poll Shows Fifth Year of Strong, Bipartisan Support for Tough Wall Street Reforms

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Opinion-Poll-graphicJuly 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Americans for Financial Reform:
Carter Dougherty, carter@ourfinancialsecurity.org, (202) 869-0397
Center for Responsible Lending:
Ricardo Quinto, Ricardo.Quinto@responsiblelending.org, (202) 349-1866

RSVP to carter@ourfinancialsecurity.org for teleconference on poll (details below) at 11am today.

AFR, CRL Release Bipartisan Poll Showing

Overwhelming Public Support For Stronger Consumer Protection,

Tough Regulation of Wall Street

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Voters overwhelmingly favor regulation of Wall Street and strongly support the work of the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to a poll released today by Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) and the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).

The poll [LINK], conducted by the bipartisan partners Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting last month, also revealed that more than 70 percent of likely voters believe that Wall Street holds too much influence in Washington under the Trump administration.

“The American public, across lines of party, want Congress and the administration to protect the progress made in Dodd-Frank, and do more — not less — so the financial system works to the benefit of ordinary Americans.” said Lisa Donner, executive director of AFR. “But with Wall Street and predatory lenders pumping literally billions into lobbying and campaign contributions, we are facing constant attempts to roll back the changes achieved so far.”

“The poll makes clear that consumers want transparency and accountability on Wall Street and they want the CFPB’s work to continue without interference,” said Mike Calhoun, President of CRL. “The CFPB has been a champion for working families, providing nearly $12 billion in relief to consumers who were cheated by financial companies. We need to build on CFPB’s success, not block its progress in protecting consumers from abusive financial practices.”

The 5 years of surveys conducted by AFR and CRL document that voters steadfastly back tough Wall Street reforms, and these opinions persist nearly a decade after the start of the financial crisis:

  • Seventy-eight percent of likely voters say that tough rules and enforcement are needed to prevent the kinds of practices that led to the financial crisis, with 85 percent of Democrats, 81 percent of Independents, and 67 percent of Republicans holding this view. Majorities in all parties favor more rather than less regulation of finance.
  • The mission of the CFPB, created in 2010 to shield consumers from shady industry practices, is extremely popular, with 74 percent of voters backing its work. The poll shows majority support from Democrats (85 percent), Republicans (66 percent), and Independents (77 percent). The Dodd Frank reforms writ large are supported by very similar portions of voters.
  • The public also supports key CFPB initiatives: a ban on forced arbitration, the practice of denying consumers their day in court; regulation of high-interest payday lending; and rules on debt collection.
  • Substantial majorities of all parties — 78 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Republicans — say that Wall Street exerts too much influence in Washington.

A polling memo outlining the survey’s major results can be found here. The full toplines can be found here.

TODAY — AFR and CRL will host a press teleconference on the poll:

*** Information below is for members of the press interested in participating in the teleconference. Please RSVP to carter@ourfinancialsecurity.org ***

WHO:  Lisa Donner, Executive Director of Americans for Financial Reform
              Mike Calhoun, President of the Center for Responsible Lending
              Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners
              Robert Carpenter, Owner of Chesapeake Beach Consulting

WHEN: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT

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