Ben Rooney
CNN Money
May 7, 2008

The Federal Reserve bears much of the responsibility for keeping the nation’s economy on track but few Americans are fully convinced that the central bank can improve the country’s financial situation.

A national CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Wednesday found that only 8% of respondents are “very confident” that the Fed can stimulate the country’s shaky economy.

A full 17% of those surveyed said they were “not confident at all” and 34% were “not very confident,” according to the poll.

The remaining 41% of respondents were only “somewhat confident” in the Fed abilities.

The poll results came from interviews with 1,008 adult Americans conducted by telephone from April 28 to April 30. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The Fed has dramatically lowered its federal funds rate, the key overnight rate at which banks loan money to one another, in an effort to stimulate the economy and avoid a recession.

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