SOURCE: BIGresearch


June 17, 2009 10:25 ET

BIGresearch: Half Say Federal Government Will Not Run GM Better Than Its Predecessor

Auto Buyers Have More Favorable Opinion on GM and Buying Their Cars

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) - Will the government do a better job running General Motors than the previous management? 47.5% of consumers say no, according to the June 2009 Consumer Intentions & Actions (CIA) Survey of 8,635 participants from BIGresearch ( However, 34% say they don't know while 18.5% think that the Federal Government will do more good for the automaker. On the other hand, people planning to buy a vehicle in the next six months have higher hopes for the new leadership:

Do you think the Federal Government will be able to run General Motors
better than the previous management?

                                Plan to buy
                Adults 18+      in next 6 months
Yes             18.5%           27.1%
No              47.5%           45.3%
Don't know      34.0%           27.7%

Source: BIGresearch, CIA-Jun 09

As the newly crowned majority owner of GM, the U.S. Government doesn't seem to be doing the automaker any favors among consumers in general. 46.1% say they are unlikely/not at all likely to consider GM with the U.S Government at the helm.

However, there appears to be a bright spot among those consumers planning to buy a vehicle. 27.8% of auto buyers say they are likely/very likely to consider a GM with the government in control, almost doubling the 14.2% of adults 18+ who say the same.

How likely are you to consider buying a GM product with the
U.S. Government in control?

                                        Plan to buy
                        Adults 18+      in next 6 months
Not at All Likely       33.0%           23.2%
Unlikely                13.1%           11.0%
Neutral                 39.8%           37.9%
Likely                   7.9%           14.8%
Very Likely              6.3%           13.0%

Source: BIGresearch, CIA-Jun 09

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