By Jay Heflin - 06/11/10 01:15 PM EDT
The poll also found that 70 percent of respondents favor tighter rules over executive pay and bonuses and 64 percent support increased rules for big businesses.
The Harris poll tapped the opinions of respondents based on their party affiliation. While support for stricter regulations was strongest among Democrats, 56 percent of Republicans favor increased regulations for banks and financial-services firms and 57 percent of them support stronger rules on executive compensation.
Tea Party members also participated in the poll. Roughly half of those surveyed (52 percent) favor stricter regulations on executive pay and bonuses. Not surprisingly, a minority of Tea Party members (47 percent) support tighter rules for banks and financial-services firms and a mere 40 percent of them favor increased regulations for big business.
The poll was conducted online within the U.S. between May 10 and 17 and tapped the opinions of 2,503 adults.