Americans don’t like Wall Street. It’s not exactly breaking news, but a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds the depths of their detestation.
Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing economic crisis, 42% of respondents said they had a negative view of financial institutions while just 14% have a favorable opinion. The remainder of respondents had either a neutral view or no opinion. That is the lowest rating of any person or institution in the poll, which included the Tea Party and Bill Clinton.
As NBC reports, the antipathy remains high “despite record gains in the Dow Jones Industrial Average of more than 15,000 points.”
Still, the network notes a majority of Americans — 52% — continue to say they have been either greatly or somewhat affected by Wall Street crises and the housing market over the last three to five years. That’s just seven points lower than in the immediate aftermath of the financial collapse in October 2008.
A portion of Americans’ dislike for Wall Street wirehouses may be related to their view of the overall economy. Just 27% think the economy will get better in the next year, while almost half of the country — 48% — thinks it will be about the same, which NBC notes is the lowest since July of last year.