An increasing number of Americans favor increased regulation offinancial institutions despite efforts by credit unions and others who contend they areover-regulated, according to a new poll.

In the poll, conducted Feb. 2-6 by Quinnipiac University inConnecticut, 50% of the 1,555 voters surveyed said they favoredmore government regulation of financial institutions, while 37%said such regulation hurts the economy. Some 13% said they had noposition or failed to answer the question.

In November, 46% of those surveyed said they favored morefinancial institution regulation and 43% saidsuch actions would hurt the economy.

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