While Democrats and Administration Officials are still arguing that the almost $800 billion dollar stimulus bill was a masters-stroke that saved the country, voters are not buying it, they see the growing national debt and the continuing massive unemployment and call the porkulus bill a failure.
In a Rasmussen poll released today, 31% of voters say the Porkulus bill hurt the economy, 29% say it did nothing. In other words 60% of American voters are calling the stimulus a failure.
This is slightly up from last month when 56% said the stimulus was a failure (28% said it had no effect, 28% said it hurt the economy)
Democrats remain the biggest cheerleaders of the plan: 58% say it has helped the U.S. economy. Forty-six percent (46%) of Republicans say it has hurt the economy. Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters not affiliated with either party share that pessimistic view.
Skepticism about the plan is highest among those earning $20,000 to $75,000 per year. Government employees are more than twice as likely as those who work in the private sector to view the stimulus as good for the economy.
Voters are slightly less worried this month about the government’s reaction to the weak economy. Forty-eight percent (48%) now say they are worried that the government will do too much rather than too little when it comes to current economic problems. Forty-two percent (42%) fear the government will do too little.
Seventy-two percent of Republicans and 57% of Independents worry about too much government action, while 70% of Democrats have the opposite concern and fear that it will do too little.
Those who earn $40,000 to $100,000 annually have the highest level of concern about the possibility of too much government response.
With unemployment hovering in the 10 percent vicinity, some in Congress and the White House would like a second economic stimulus plan, fearful that the first one hasn’t done as much as they had hoped. But 62% of voters oppose the passage of another economic stimulus package this year.
Given that level of political opposition, the president and senior Democrats are considering several other options as part of what Time Magazine has called the administration’s “stealth stimulus.” One of the ideas is a proposed one-time $250 bribe to seniors to help rally their support for Obamacare.
Two-out-of-three voters (67%) also oppose a national sales tax on all goods and services as a new source of government revenue.
…Most voters believe that increases in government spending are bad for the economy and think tax cuts are an economic boost.
Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters say cutting the federal budget deficit in half in the next four years should be the Obama administration’s top priority, while 23% say health care reform is most important.
Its no wonder that support for the President is still down. According to the latest Approval index Obama’s approval index remains at a -12, within the range it has appeared for the past few weeks.
Maybe if the POTUS listened to the will of the American People instead of attacking those who disagree with his policies he would find more support amongst American Voters.