News Release

Support Across Party Lines For Tough Wall Street Rules and Oversight


Dougherty is communications director for Americans for Financial Reform. He said today: “Ten years after Congress passed a major reform of Wall Street in response to the financial crisis, voters continue to overwhelmingly support more and tougher regulation of finance and they strongly approve of the mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a new survey by Lake Research Partners.

“This support has proven remarkably durable and stretches across lines of party, race and ethnicity, age, and region. Support remains broad and deep despite the numerous events and issues demanding people’s attention, according to the surveys, which were commissioned by Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Responsible Lending.

“And, as the decade after the 2008 crisis unfolded to reveal continuing abuses by Wall Street, and the growth of predatory financial practices, the public’s appetite for additional reform has strengthened.

“The continuity, breadth and depth of public support for restructuring finance and Wall Street, and for tough oversight to protect the public interest remain extremely striking. Policymakers and candidates should pay attention. Transforming finance is one key to building a more just and equitable economy.

“Policy priorities in the future include a reform of private equity, an influential, multi-trillion-dollar industry, cancelling student debt, and providing consumers nationwide relief from sky-high interest rates among other things.

“Despite recent failures to protect consumers during the pandemic, the mission of the CFPB — to be an advocate for consumers vis-a-vis Wall Street and predatory lenders — remains immensely popular. An overwhelming majority (83 percent) support CFPB’s mission, the highest level since the question was first posed in 2013.

“Many voters are also concerned that the federal government’s response to the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has mostly benefited Wall Street and big corporations, instead of those who have been hit hardest.

“According to the poll, 56 percent of voters feel that Wall Street and big corporations are receiving too much help compared to families and small businesses. A majority of Democrats and independents, and a near-majority of Republicans hold this view. About 13 percent of voters were unsure.”

See: “Polling Memo: Voters Support Strong Consumer Financial Protections and Tough Regulation of Wall Street.”