Survey: Jail 'guilty' bankers

Nearly nine out of ten Britons want bankers put in jail if found guilty of fraud or manipulating financial markets, according to a new survey.

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Survey reveals public support for jailing bankers for financial abuses

Nearly nine out of ten Britons want bankers put in jail if found guilty of fraud or manipulating financial markets, according to a new survey.

A YouGov/Avaaz poll reveals that 89% in the UK, 89% in Germany and 90% in France, want "criminal sanctions, such as jail sentences".

  • The online opinion poll involved 3,700 people in the three countries last week - 1,700 in the UK, 1,007 in Germany and 994 in France.
  • It showed that, even where banks rather than individual bankers were found responsible for large-scale fraud or market manipulation, a vast majority of people want the bankers to face prison.
  • A total of 70% in the UK, 60% in Germany and 56% in France said the main punishment should fall on the bankers themselves, with only 19%, 23% and 26% respectively saying a fine against the banks should be the key sanction

The survey also found that 64% in Britain (67% in Germany and 49% in France) felt their government listened mainly to "big banks" when considering laws and regulations on banking.

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