Poll: Americans think Wall Street does more harm than good

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But even staunch conservatives, who are strongly anti-government and pro-business, offer up just modest support for Wall Street. According to the poll, 48 percent say it helps more than it hurts, with 39 percent believing the opposite.

Of the political types polled, libertarians offered the most optimistic view of Wall Street. Fifty-six percent of those polled called Wall Street helpful, with just 32 percent saying it is harmful.

When it comes to the question of whether businesses make too much profit, libertarians are even more lopsided in their response: 83 percent said businesses make a fair profit, with just 13 percent saying they make too much. In contrast, 77 percent of solid liberals said businesses make too much, with just 17 percent saying they make a fair amount.

While staunch conservatives were somewhat mixed on Wall Street, they were much more united on business profits. When polled, 78 percent said businesses make a fair profit, with just 13 percent saying it is too much.