If you had to link the Porkulus bill to any American holiday it would be thanksgiving, because according to the latest Rasmussen poll US voters think that the entire stimulus is a turkey that should be thrown out as soon as possible.
The poll released this morning says that by a 9% margin the $750 billion in unspent stimulus dollars should not be spent, voters also belive that pokulus will not create new jobs and that the President’s proposal of speeding up the spending will be bad for the economy.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of Americans believe that increases in government spending are bad for the economy, and almost 80% say the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending is a bigger problem than the public’s resistance to what Joe Biden described as their patriotic duty, paying more taxes.
For all of you politicians and reporters who make fun of the Tea Party movement, its time to wake up and smell the cookies, America wants lower spending and lower taxes:
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45% Say Cancel Rest of Stimulus Spending
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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.
According to news reports, only $36 billion of the stimulus plan had been spent as of late May.
Just 20% of adults say the tax cuts included in the stimulus plan should be canceled while 55% disagree. The stimulus plan includes $288 billion in tax cuts.
While there is a wide partisan gap on the question of stimulus spending, there is little partisan disagreement on maintaining the tax cuts.
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.
A plurality of government employees believe speeding up the stimulus will be good for the economy. However, those who work in the private sector strongly disagree.
Only 31% of U.S. voters believe the economic stimulus package has helped the economy. That’s down from 38% when it first passed in February. For the first time in years, voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on the handling of the economy.
Most voters continue to worry that the federal government will do too much in reacting to the country’s current economic problems.
As for canceling the rest of the stimulus spending, most Republicans and say cancel it while most Democrats disagree. Unaffiliated adults are more closely divided, but 44% believe the spending should be stopped. Most investors also say the new spending should be canceled.
No Republicans in the House voted for the stimulus, plan and just three GOP senators supported it. Because of the political backlash from his vote for the stimulus package, Republican Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched parties and became a Democrat to improve his chances of reelection next year.
Most voters predicted that Congress would pass the stimulus plan without knowing what was in it, as many legislators later acknowledged. Sixty percent (60%) also believed the plan was not a bipartisan effort but was instead mostly what congressional Democrats wanted since they control both the House and Senate.
National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted June 8-9, 2009
By Rasmussen Reports
1* In February, Congress and the President enacted an economic stimulus package that included both new government spending and tax cuts. Should the tax cuts be canceled?
25% Not sure
2*Okay… about $36 billion of the approved new government spending has already been spent. Should the rest of the new government spending be canceled?
20% Not sure
3* Does the new government spending in the stimulus package create new jobs?
21% Not sure
4* President Obama says he is going to speed up the pace of the new government spending in the economic stimulus package. Will speeding up the new government spending be good for the economy or bad for the economy?
8% It will have no impact
10% Not sure