A majority of voters are unfamiliar with the failed solar panel maker Solyndra after a strong GOP push to make the federally backed company’s failure a political liability for President Obama, a new poll shows.
But voters that have heard of the California company, which collapsed after receiving more than a half-billion dollars in taxpayer-backed loans, have an overwhelmingly negative view.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 58 percent of registered voters are unaware or unsure of the company, which went bankrupt in 2011 after receiving an Energy Department loan guarantee in 2009 to manufacture advanced solar panels.
Twenty-five percent of respondents had a negative view of Solyndra, 15 percent were neutral and just 2 percent held a positive view on the subect, according to the survey conducted in late September.
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