Survey: Investors and Noninvestors React Differently to Bailout

Those with money in the market are more optimistic about the economy.

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You might think that investors who have spent the past year watching their 401(k)'s hemorrhage would be pessimistic about the economy. But a new series of surveys found that investors are actually more optimistic about the economy than those without any cash in the market.

Here's how investors and noninvestors stacked up on a few questions.

 InvestorsNoninvestorsBelieve economy is in a recession 55 percent72 percentBelieve economy is in a depression19 percent30 percentBelieve economy will get better46 percent32 percentSupport a sweeping bailout51 percent43 percentSupport Fannie and Freddie bailout52 percent46 percentSupport AIG bailout45 percent37 percent

Source: Zogby International, 2008

Note: According to two surveys of over 2,000 likely voters each on September 26-27 and September 19-20