Feb 23, 2021 - Economy

Axios-Ipsos poll: Trust in the Federal Reserve treads water

Data: Axios-Ipsos survey; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Axios-Ipsos survey; Chart: Axios Visuals

Trust in the Federal Reserve was unmoved from its late January level, as overall positive momentum for the central bank's trust among Americans looks to have stalled out just below 40%, according to the latest Axios/Ipsos poll.

Why it matters: Fed chair Jerome Powell will head into his testimony with Congress over the next two days to make his case that the Fed's current take on monetary policy is helping Americans.

  • Given the high rate of joblessness and rising price levels around the country, the Fed could become a lightning rod for criticism.
  • Republicans already tried to significantly roll back the Fed's powers as part of the relief bill that was signed in January and succeeded in putting some restrictions on the central bank's powers.

Flashback: The Fed's trust among Americans had risen significantly in the December Axios/Ipsos poll, with 42% of respondents saying they had at least a fair amount of trust in the Fed.

  • That was the second straight month trust in the Fed had risen and the highest level since questions about the central bank were added to the survey in May.
  • However, that progress appears to be fading.

By the numbers: 39% of respondents said they had some or a great deal of trust in the Fed (34% saying a fair amount and 5% saying a great deal) while 60% said they had not very much trust or none at all (39% had not very much trust, while 21% had no trust at all).

The big picture: Trust in the Fed remains negative and well below where it was in May when 47% of those polled said they had at least a fair amount of trust and 51% said they had not very much or no trust at all.

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