Most Americans don't want taxpayer money used to pay for a bailout of the Big 3 U.S. automakers, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll.

The survey found that 61 percent of Americans oppose federal help for General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. Just 36 percent support such a measure. Most Americans -- 53 percent -- thought an auto bailout wouldn't help the U.S. economy, and few Americans -- 15 percent -- thought that the companies' bankruptcy would immediately affect them.