Results of CNBC's 2011 Winners & Losers Poll
Senior Features Editor
For the first time in our survey, there were no winners. The outcome wasn't even close in the three cases without lopsided results.
The big loser? The U.S. taxpayer, of course. After that, it was a bit of a foot race for second place.
President Obama and Fed boss Ben Bernanke both fared worse than they did in 2010.
On the corporate side, if our voters are also Bank of America shareholders (never mind board members) CEO Brian Moynihan probably has more reason to look over his shoulder, and Carol Bartz might not be getting any new job offers anytime soon.
As for entertainment, NBA TV ratings could be in for a hit, as we reported in our Predictions2012 special report.
And for the international-minded, Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy didn't fare as poorly as market developments might suggest.
Here's the final tab.
The U.S. Taxpayer
Almost nine in 10 deemed the taxpayer a loser, and, if the first 11 months of the year weren't enough, December brought more gridlock and partisan politics in Washington.
Perhaps, voters are already thinking about 2012; at this point, any tax cuts look very unlikely. A payroll tax cut looks less about economics than politics.
Our vote confirms the Bank of America CEO has proven he's no Jamie Dimon, but he's not looking much more popular than his predecessor, Ken Lewis.
The banking giant's share price slipped even more during the voting period and that alone may explain his poor showing. Interestingly, the winner and undecided votes tied.
The president received more votes in our survey than potential GOP rival Mitt Romney, but he can only hope Winners & Losers is not a proxy for the 2012 general election, even if polls show he is still in the race.