Responses to survey questions on AmericanBanker.com

To what extent will Tarp funds boost community banks' small-business lending?

Significantly - Any extra capital will have a big impact 8%
Somewhat - Funding is a plus, but worthy borrowers are scarce 8%
Not at all - A better economy stimulates lending, not the other way around 84%

Do you think Congress will adopt President Obama's proposed tax on banks?

Yes, and it will become more onerous in the process 14%
Yes, but lawmakers will dilute the impact 32%
Ask me again after Sen. Brown's views become clear 12%
No, it will reduce lending and that's more important to lawmakers 42%

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