The findings come as attorneys general in all 50 states have launched an investigation into the lending practices of several big banks and mortgage companies that led to hundreds of thousands of ongoing home foreclosures.
Many of the officials say it is possible some bank practices led to foreclosures that were unjustified. Still, a majority of respondents (58 percent) think that if some lenders are penalized, it will be harder for most buyers to obtain a mortgage. Only 14 percent think the clamp-down will make borrowing easier.
Fifty-two percent of respondents now blame Wall Street investors and mortgage companies for problems plaguing the lending industry. In July 2008, a similar poll found 42 percent blamed these entities for the crisis.
The poll tapped the opinions of 1,000 likely voters between Oct. 13-14 and can be found at http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content.