Americans think private equity is profiteering. But that hasn’t necessarily hurt Romney.


(Evan Vucci/AP)

It’s unclear, however, how much Romney’s time at Bain Capital has hurt him during the Republican primary. Republicans generally view his experience in private equity as an asset rather than a liability, according to the same Bloomberg poll: 64 percent of Republican (or GOP-leaning) voters believe that his time in private equity has made him “better prepared than other Republican candidates to create jobs,” with just a quarter of GOP voters believing the opposite. Meanwhile, Bain has continued to be on the defensive about its record, while keeping an arm’s length from the actual campaign.

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