January 24th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN poll: 56 percent oppose stimulus program

A majority of Americans oppose the economic stimulus program championed by President Obama and passed by a Democratically-controlled Congress, according to a new national poll out Sunday.
A majority of Americans oppose the economic stimulus program championed by President Obama and passed by a Democratically-controlled Congress, according to a new national poll out Sunday.

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans oppose the economic stimulus program, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday say they oppose the stimulus package, with 42 percent supporting it.

Full results

Last March, just weeks after the stimulus bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama, a CNN poll indicated that 54 percent of the public supported the program, with 44 percent opposed.

The program, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, attempts to stimulate the country's economy by increasing federal government spending and cutting taxes at a total cost to the government of $787 billion. No Republicans in the House and only three in the Senate voted in favor of the bill.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted January 8-10, with 1,021 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


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  1. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    To Alex

    You hit it on the head! All that tiem, they scared people to death, but when they're in power, all they do is spend, spend spend on the top 1% of America...

    elephang = create wealth for the elites = see past 8 years = are we that dumb to want more elephant?

    January 24, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. lmk02

    Maato: If Obama's plan would pass... It would cut the defect not add to it!!! Not only that if People can see a Doctor before They really get ill... That itself would save money... It is the Insurance Company & attorney's that would lose if His plan would be passed the way He wants it!!! The problem is both the Republicans, 3 Democrats & Lieberman is stopping it from happening with Their lies & Who They really are supporting...

    January 24, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    To Patrick

    Really? You know who the elep[hant distributed 1 trillion to in the last 8 years? Yeah, the top 1%...

    It's either distributed to us, who help GROW the economy by spending or distributed to the billionaires to stay in their vaults...

    January 24, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    the rule is that if you dont hold a Nobel Prize economy award, you have no legitimate in voicing your opinions..

    January 24, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. lmk02

    Patick: It was the Republicans that spent all the money we had when Clinton left office on a War We didn't need!!! It is the Democrats that are trying to clean it up again...

    January 24, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Aspen Professor

    50% of Americans haven't got a clue what a Stimulus package is and what it is meant to accomplish.

    January 24, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. aa

    no more

    January 24, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. lmk02

    Dan Tex: I lose money in both stocks & on the Condo I bought!!! I made $85,000 & lose it when Reagan was in office... Then I made another $85.000 & lose it when Bush Sr was in office... When I bought My Condo... I paid $320,000 when the People were asking $140,000 for it... It went down because of Republicans when they had a chance didn't stop the Mortgage Company & Banks from doing what they did to This Country!!! Just tell Me how it is My Fault are others that got caught with this type of dealing???

    January 24, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. wisegirl0016

    I think that many people has lose their hope in president Barack Obama. The problem here is that the people view Obama like a super hero and that he will save the United States and the world. Obama is only a human like us and he is only in the beginning of his second year as president, so we have to give him an opportunity.

    January 24, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Nat

    I am extremely grateful for the stimulus package. I just lost my job and the stimulus package included a provision that covers 65% of my Cobra payments so i can continue much needed insurance coverage while i look for a job.

    January 24, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. lmk02

    A Smith... For one thing the voucher would never work!!! Because the Government needs the money now not later... Just because a Person has one... Doesn't mean that They would make it good... Are taxes System proves that!!! Not everyone pays Their complete taxes..

    What Obama want to do it do it with His Medical Plan & Jobs so that People can pay taxes... His plan for jobs has already started getting People jobs... Those People spending will be able to get more jobs later so on so on!!! But You Republican want something to happen now... It took 6 years to make this mess... I can't be solved in 1 year...

    January 24, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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