January 24th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
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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. Richard in Austin

    I have a couple of thoughts about the bill. I don't understand why they had to create a bill covering several years when they could have addressed things one year at a time. Shame on Obama and the Dems. That said, I think too many people have heard the right wing talking heads complain because we didn't get instant recovery and full employment immeadiately, to fix the mess that the Republicans made. I think things could have been much worse if there wasn't some government intervention, who knows, but I do know that the Republican mantra of "Lower Taxes" would not have made anything any better, unless you are already rich.

    January 24, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. al

    it doesn't matter what the american people think, the gov will try to pass the bill anyway.

    January 24, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Wow! One thousand people polled. What is the population of the US? Roughly 308.4 million people?
    I think we need to do away with these stupid polls. I don't care whether you are a democrat or a repug. These tiny little numbers mean absolutely nothing!!
    I, for one, am happy with our President. I have seen my 401k (except for last week, but it will recover) go up. My place of employment is hiring and we don't feel as stressed as we have in the last 4-5 years as far as money and the economy go.
    We had eight years of pure hell. While I don't consider President Obama a savior I do believe he is trying to do the best with the mess he was left with by the previous dictatorship.
    If only the repugs didn't want him to fail.

    January 24, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. al

    it doesn't matter what the american people think, the gov will try to pass the bill anyway. thats the kind of thing americans are fed up with. our leaders must really not want to be reelected when the time comes.

    January 24, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. sara

    Lead and do what's right for the American people, Mr. President. Didn't the Republicans vote for the money requested by Paulson 2 months before the last President left office. I thought Paulson asked for 700mil, half went to the Bush Administration and half went to the Obama Administration. Will some one clear this up for me.

    January 24, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. JB

    That's because the People have already learned not to spend money we don't have.

    January 24, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. ib

    We can't keep spending money we don't have and the first one hasn't worked so why do another one? All we are doing is setting ourselves up for out of controll inflation and interest rates plus more taxes to pay the national debt down.

    January 24, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. getreal

    The American people are so interesting. On one hand, they want jobs creation. On the other hand, they don't support programs that will create jobs.

    January 24, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We believe it is opposed because most people think it will be given to the wrong people.Paulson stole the first 750 billion for this very reason,to slow down any progress President Obama might make with any stimulas money once he got in office.@Keith in Austin,thank you for reading our posts for many months and calling them liberal drivel,we consider it an honor.As to finding a job,we are retired after working for 45 years straight and now dedicate are time to charity.Assuming so many things about other people that make posts shows your lack of understanding and childish responses,You may want to stick with playing with your Wii Wii.

    January 24, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. El Kababa

    Why do Americans oppose the stimulus plan? What do they think the federal and state governments should do in response to the recession which was caused by the banking industry's foolish decisions? Nothing?

    Nothing is precisely what Conservatives recommend: let Americans suffer; let them sink or swim, let the devil take the hindmost. Those who suffer deserve to suffer. Those who prosper must deserve to prosper. Conservatism got America into this mess. Conservatives have no plan for fixing it and wouldn't do anything if they could. Not taking action is what Conservatism is all about.

    We elected this president to solve the huge problems that have been ignored since Ronald Reagan made ignoring problems a federal policy. But, when he tries to do something, those of faint courage wilt.

    These Americans are like the fat person who wants to stuff herself at the buffet yet lose weight at the same time.

    January 24, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Jim

    What's the matter? Don't people like their new tax credit? Look at Schedule M and line 63 on the 2009 Form 1040.

    January 24, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Albo58

    Let us call it what it really was: political paybacks and theft!

    January 24, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Get real!

    Makes one wonder if it is the Obama policies people are starting to dislike or the President himself! I'm not quite sure this is the "change" everyone bargined for.

    January 24, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. ran

    Again a poll that uses land lines only most of which are people over 50 yoa.

    Do a Internet poll CNN and see what the results are.

    If people are upset they should go after the ones who are the cause: Republicans,Lieberman,Nelson,Blue Dogs, and demand the end of the use of the filibuster.

    For the so call Independents especially in MA. why did they not vote for the Independent on the ticket? All they did was to reward the republicans for their fear/hate/obstructionism.

    January 24, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Jim

    These polls are exercises in futility. Nothing about Obama's programs is going to change. Saint Barry knows what is best for us and is on a holy mission to ram it down our throats despite all our polls and protests. Live it up, Barry, you have three more years until WE screw YOU!!!

    January 24, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Bob Welsh

    When the details of the package emerged and all the "benefits" were reserved for union businesses and other areas of the economy that did not truly help American business, it was unsupportable. As a SMALL business owner, I actually paid MORE taxes and received NO stimulus benefits from the package, while our government rewarded the auto unions with ownership of one of the largest companies in the country, while punishing the stockholders of GM by taking away their ownership.
    Socialism is NOT the answer to our economy's problems.

    January 24, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. sun52shine

    I am confused – how would the public know if this stimulus program will work or not – I was not born during the Great Depression. So, what are the public opinions based on – to suggest the program will not work! What did you base your poll questions again? I watched your program the night that the Republicans held their convention and it was clear whose side you supported? Your reporting is very one sided and your political support for the Republicans is obvious. To make the comparison on whether the stimulus program is going to work means that you compared the proposed stimulus program to another successful stimulus program! To my knowledge this is the first stimulus program or was there one proposed last year or the year before. Where is the comparison data?

    PS – I think we need a poll to ask if the American public is tried of your polls? Where is the poll on the Supreme Court ruling – the one were the Supreme Court gave our vote to the Corporations. You know the ruling where the Supreme Court ruled that the Corporations can now elect our politicians!

    January 24, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Dimslie

    Who cares what the public thinks? It wasn't for them anyway.

    January 24, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Eileen

    The first stimulus plan did not stimulate anything for the American people. Why would anyone like it? Where's the jobs Obama promised. Obama is sreading the wealth around to all his friends and backers. Can't wait until this embaressment is out of the White House. He wasted a whole year on health care reform and nothing is accomplished. Congress should get rid of preexisting conditions. Work on just that one thing. Pass legislation on just that one thing. Then people on both sides would be happy that they accomplished one thing that everyone hates and sees as unfair.

    January 24, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Dimslie

    That poll isn't fair. Take another poll of just the Obama supporters who got the 700 billion dollars. I'll bet they like it.

    January 24, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. katiec

    Well, I never put much creditibility in any poll conducted by CNN.
    They are so biased for the party of NOthing which is obvious on the web and the cable station, we cannot expect integrity in their polls.
    If they ever get back to fact checking, questioning outrageous statements, being "fair and balanced" in their reporting, headlines
    than we will have more respect and trust for CNN. As it is now, they
    are well on their way to becoming another Fox.

    January 24, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Michele

    I wonder how they phrased the question, and if they told people that most of this money has not even been spent yet. I just received a survey from the Heritage Foundation, and questions were written to lead you to the answer they wanted. As I am not a huge fan of their tactics, I made sure I gave the answer I wanted to give, not the one they wanted to hear.

    January 24, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. russell

    Don't believe the BS , CNN along with an entire host of entities , Walstreet , Banks , corparate Amercia and the list goes on , are conspiring to assure that president and any policies that his administration put forth FAIL , never in the history of the United States have we witness such a blatant critisisms of a president so early in his post , is it because he's black , you betcha !He's been scrutinzed much more than any other president simply because he doesn' t fit the mold of all the former presidents .......

    January 24, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. joe smith

    go figure, the same crowd that allowed Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac to implode, who permitted Wall street to wipe out the 401's, destroyed the base for investment, and basically left the American people with nothing, are now going to finish the job by taxing the very people who got stung in the first place; the once proud American economy,is now the laughing stock of leftest like Chavez..and the Democrats wonder why they are being targeted, well for good reason..they better check their retirement portfolios, cause thats' where theyre headed..to the exit signs, and look the Republicans, who were along for the ride..theyll go too.."every tub sits on it's own bottom", but these folks just don't get it..

    January 24, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Jeff in Atlanta

    Hopefully the public will not change their opinions back to support the ridiculous notion that the government is better at spending money than the citizens that earn it.

    Due to the Massachusetts election liberal Democrats will sound very conservative for a little while. They now see that their message of big government is being rejected by the people and will have to pretend to be responsible. We have already seen Republicans pretending to be conservative.

    Just remember that a leopard can't change his spots.

    January 24, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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