Voters don’t think the stimulus is working and a plurality want to dump the whole thing, according to a Rasmussen poll:
Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans say the rest of the new government spending authorized in the $787-billion economic stimulus plan should now be canceled. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 36% disagree and 20% are not sure.
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President Obama on Monday vowed to speed up the pace of stimulus spending and said the money will help “create or save” 600,000 more jobs this summer.
However, only 31% of Americans believe the new government spending in the stimulus package creates new jobs. Forty-eight percent (48%) say the stimulus spending does not create jobs, and 21% are not sure.
Americans have mixed feelings about whether speeding up the new government spending in the stimulus package will help the economy. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the increased spending will be good for the economy, but 44% say it will be bad. Eight percent (8%) think it will have no impact.
All will be forgiven, no doubt, if the economy bounces back. But if not, that 2009 stimulus vote is going to be a potential problem for those on the ballot in 2010. Moreover, it seems once again that the president’s personal popularity is irrelevant. No matter how much they like the “cool” president, they aren’t buying his stimulus spin. Might the same be true on other issues like cap-and-trade and healthcare nationalization? Stay tuned.