WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Credit Union Times' just expired onlinevoting poll finds that credit union people think there could belots of reasons for increased banker attacks. The poll focused onwhy bankers have become so offensive minded against CUs recently,especially on the taxation issue. Voters seemed to be split over anumber of possible reasons, but the most popular choice was thatbankers think credit unions' expanded powers make them a morecompetitive threat, followed closely by bankers being concernedabout growing number of large credit unions. A few critics of thepoll question, said one of the answer options should have beensomething to the effect of “bankers just being bankers.” The secondanswer option, “banking groups like to use CUs as a lightning rodissue to unite members” was offered with the “bankers just beingbankers” concept in mind. That option garnered 17.14% of the vote.The question and results are as follows: What's behind theintensified attacks against credit unions coming from bankinggroups? * Timing, given that a favorable CU bill, CURIA, has beenintroduced, 12.44% * Banking groups like to use CUs as a lightningrod issues to unite members 17.14% * Credit unions' expanded powersmakes them a more competitive threat 28.64% * Bankers concernedabout growing number of large asset CUs 28.4% * With flourishing CUassets, they believe timing is right to argue to Congress that CUswere created to serve people of modest means 13.38%.

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