January 18th, 2009
09:41 AM ET
6 years ago

CNN Poll: 6 in 10 back stimulus plan

President-elect Barack Obama waves to supporters in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday.
President-elect Barack Obama waves to supporters in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new national poll indicates that nearly six in 10 Americans support an increase in spending to pump up the economy, and even higher levels of support for a plan that also involves tax cuts.

Fifty-eight percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday say they favor increased government spending to stimulate the economy, which has been in recession for more than a year.

Four in 10 of those polled oppose increased spending of taxpayer dollars.

Support for the stimulus plan jumps 13 points to 71 percent when tax cuts for individuals and businesses are added to the package, and opposition drops 12 points to 28 percent.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. BB

    It seems only the very wealthy are trying to fight this man's plans. That tells more than anything else. This country belongs to US, all of us, not just the wealthy.

    January 18, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Xavier

    I trust Obama with our economy. I trust him with the stimulus, and I trust him with the TARP money. SO long as he keeps those idiot republicans and their sticking greedy fingers at bay, I will trust this man. The GOP dream boy Bush was a nightmare, but Obama has brought forth something that the GOP and its dream president Bush could never inspired. Hope.

    January 18, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Dawn

    You need to spend money to make money. If it is done right guess what we could have jobs in all sectors. From the street cleaners to CEOs. We will wait and see.

    January 18, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. Change - Yeah Left!

    Tax and spend and tax and spend and tax and spend. Welcome to the world of the Democrats.

    I sure don't support an increase in the stimulus package that includes increasing the size of the government and forming the nanny state.

    January 18, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Ray Fisher

    In as much as the financial news is reporting that our lending industry is continuing to create bad paper loans with the bailout funds, I'm hoping we can get some rules changed quickly to plug the holes in what we are bailing out!!! We must have a legislative revamping of our nation before we lose any more money. Things are getting ridiculous!!!

    January 18, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. billy-bayou

    THE FAMOUS "STIMULOUS PACKAGE"
    TRANSLATES INTO NOTHING MORE THAN SOCIALISM. THAT IS WHAT THOSE WHO VOTED FOR THE "GREAT HIMSELF" (obama) WERE LOOKING FOR WHEN THEY VOTED. THEY ALL LOVE THIS COUNTRY, THEY ABHOR THE CONSTITUTION AND WANT "CHANGE" THEY ARE SICK.

    January 18, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Obama 2.0

    The other 4 are in the top 1% of Americas wealth!

    January 18, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. las

    Let's be clear: it is not a tax cut when monies are going to people that don't even pay income tax. That is called welfare. If Obama really thinks that people should start taking responsibility for their lives, as indicated earlier, then he needs to not support free handouts. This includes bailing out all the folks that signed up for mortgages that they knew they wouldn't be able to afford down the line. As someone that does decently financially, I am tired of supporting those that make poor decisions or don't work as hard or have five kids with five different men, etc. If the government continues to do "give aways", pretty soon those making the money that is given away will find that it is not worth the huge effort and sacrifice to do so anymore. Then in whose pocket will the politician's hand be? Once you give out handouts, it will be hard to get rid of them because the beneficiaries will always vote to get more.

    January 18, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |