Some very unusual survey results were released by Harris Interactive.  Conducted in April, it surveyed people as to ‘who was to blame for the recession’, the results are reproduced below:

Total 18-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Advertising Agencies 66 60 59 65 75
Print media 59 51 57 61 67
Other News Media 56 51 55 54 62
Talk shows on TV or radio 55 48 56 53 59
Cable news programs 54 51 52 54 58
Network and local news programs 53 48 53 52 59
Friends and family 46 47 50 46 42

Two out of three Americans believe that advertising agencies have some responsibility for the current economic crisis (euphemism for “Recession”), wait for it:

because they caused people to buy things they couldn’t afford

I always knew advertising was persuasive, but I never thought it was able to bully consumers into retail outlets. The older theage  group, the more of them laid the recessions squarely at the fee of the advertising fraternity. I would love to see the same survey conducted here to see where exactly we vent our spleens.