Americans think private equity is profiteering. But that hasn’t necessarily hurt Romney.
By Suzy Khimm,
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.