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Tiny Bit of Confidence in Banks Remaining - Gallup

Well, the numbers are bad, but not altogether hopeless. The score on the Gallup Confidence in Banks poll in the NYTimes puts banks at 22, In 1979 they stood at 60.

I expect that bankers themselves will always provide enough support for themselves to keep it at about 10, so there are still one or two consumers out there with some confidence in the banks.

Spotting them will be hard, certainly if they aren't your customers.

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A Finextra member 26 June, 2009, 15:39Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Our Javelin data show that banks trust remains paramount among other types of companies, although it certainly has dipped. What's also interesting from comparing Javelin's 7 years of consumer behaviors vs. attitudes (to address the age-old riddle of "why do people say one thing and then do another?") is this new trend: right now, consumers are more likely to switch banks for pragmatic reasons, such as rates or service. In typical years, consumers will complain about their bank but stay loyal, sometimes not switching unless forced by a move. Right now, consumers are more likely than ever to switch banks due to pragmatic interests or concerns. Javelin conclusion: now is the time for banks to be less about style and more about substance.

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A Finextra member 27 June, 2009, 09:08Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Thank you for the insight James.

I'm wondering if people would switch banks for lower fees, no PINS, passwords or logons, mobile transactions, safe web transactions and integrated Community and Bank lending?

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