Call It a Vote of Quasi-Confidence

Amid the banking system’s struggles, it has to count as good news if just one-fifth of Americans greatly fear losing their deposits in a crash. That’s what the U.S. portion of a Harris Interactive/France 24/International Herald Tribune poll found. Asked how concerned they are that they might lose the money they have deposited in banks if there’s a collapse of that sector, 21 percent said “a lot,” 40 percent “a little” and 35 percent “not at all.” The 5 percent who keep their savings sewn into mattresses said the question didn’t apply to them. (The total exceeds 100 percent due to rounding.)

In the same poll, 35 percent of U.S. respondents said they feel their bank treats them “as a valued client as much as a source of revenue.” Thirty-four percent feel treated “primarily as a source of revenue and only secondarily as a valued client” and 17 percent “primarily as a valued client and only secondarily as a source of revenue.”