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. Get Real

    The stimulus program might have helped somewhat but, the real issue is control. The monies were dispersed with little or no accountability. What a FARCE!

    Some how, we need to get rid of the bozos who have no business acumen who are trying to lead this county, appointed by Presidents, and elected into Congress.

    We must gid rid of the Bad Democrats and Bad Republicans. One solution is to hold these Congressional people up to a higher authority than the people of the United States. A No Fault policy would automatically remove anyone from Congress, who has committed tax fraud, lied, etc. Anyone caught should automatically have to reimburse the country for any monies received by salaries, etc. Allowing Pelosi her private costs of transportation back and forth to California is unacceptable.

    As long as we have crooks in Congress, we will have crooks as President and the appointees by these people. Get rid of private agendas, private negotiations and lets make this country whole again.

    The government has no business trying to operate big business or small business for that matter.

    January 24, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Try again

    These kinds of comments are too funny:

    "The Dems always think they can spend your money better than you can. They aren't concerned with all the waste and fraud that occurs once government gets their hands on the money and trys to redistribute it. I'll bet for each dollar they take in they are left with 50 cents for worthy programs."

    So Bush didn't spend almost 6 trillion of our money however he wanted too? Please tell me what Bush spent our money on that really helped everyday Americans?? Did you forget that your Republican Bush also Borrowed tons of money from China? So, who really sold Americas soul to China? Layoff the hate radio and fox news and get a clue.

    January 24, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. ann

    Republicans want America to fail, they don't care if the stimulus works or not, non of their rich asses are out of jobs! I give Obama huge credit for what he has done in this past year. My husband has benefited greatly from the stimulus funding that has come to our state. He actually HAS a job to go to now, it was pretty bleek in the Bush years......

    January 24, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. cmoore

    The real issue is most Americans reject Obama's Socialist approach to all issues: Stimulus. Healthcare and Cap and Trade.
    They realize that all could be addressed through a more moderate approach, not dictated by a self perceived mandate. America has now seriously realized the dangerous path Obama has chosen and rejected it with ferver. America is a Democracy not a Dictatorship and will defend its freedoms from such.. this is the effect of the Scott Brown elections. More to come!

    January 24, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. altapres

    Obama & democrats are on the freefall!!!

    January 24, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. joe kiloz

    We're now seeing what was suspected since day one. Some of the firms that needed the bailout did not need it at all, the proof is how rapidly they wanted to repay the funds and exempt themselves from
    compensation caps. For others,like the automakers, the results are very clear. Ford, which did not ask for bailout money is financially better off and its sales are better than the ones who had taxpayer bailouts.

    When will the taxpayers wake up and realize that the automaker bailout was nothing more than Obama repaying the unions for their support ?

    January 24, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. GaryB

    Lack of support for the stimulus package may be more a guage of the ignorance of the people being polled than the specifics of the actual stimulus package. Most of these people don't realize that the $787B number that the press and Republicans toss about is:
    1) The projected cost authorized and not the money that's actually been spent to date
    2) The combined projected cost of the program including spending, tax cuts and tax credits (which most Americans, including Republicans support)
    3) Includes the cost of extending and not taxing a portion of unemployment benefits (which most Americans support)

    January 24, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Diane Portland Oregon

    With the Supreme Court decision even Polls can't be trusted. Big Corporate money controls everything. Even CNN, we have to assume everything you write and every poll is a lie!!

    January 24, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Gil Oberdas

    One begins to wonder if the American piublic is informed as to what the Stimulus and Health Care issues really are? It appears the ignorance of the teabaggers has filtered through to all leveles of those who lack of intelligence!

    January 24, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Brian in California

    Okay, so people oppose it. Do those people UNDERSTAND why they oppose it? Are they educated about the reasons for the stimulus. Do these people who oppose it have a good idea of what the actualy purpose was for the stimulus?
    More than likely these same people were opposed to the bailouts as well but do these people have ANY realistic understanding of what would have happened it wasn't done? I dind't like it BUT that doesn't mea I don't understand that it was needed. What needs to happen now is legislation that will mitigate such a situation occuring again. Corporations should not ever be :too big to fail." This is what needs to be fixed.

    People need to stop reacting with their emotions only but educate themselves with valid sources and NOT from opinionated talk show hosts or biased politicians looking for short-term gains.

    January 24, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Gil Oberdas

    The extreme right won't be happy until we change the title of our elected leader from President to CEO!

    January 24, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. rightsaid

    Gee, can I have the money their stocks made in comparison to where they would have been if the govt did nothing?

    January 24, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. KO

    Would they have preferred thousands more cops, firefighters, teachers, etc losing their jobs? Another useless poll.

    January 24, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. JMikey54

    I wonder how people would have felt if we had not passed the stimulus bill and went into a depression. Things could have been so much worse if we did not have the stimulus bill and let the economy collapse. The American people are so fickle, we will be our own downfall.

    January 24, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. on the right

    It has 42% support because those people don't pay the taxes that support this ruinous legislation. As Thatcher said, the problem with socialism is that sooner or later, you run out of other people's money.

    January 24, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Spencer

    When is President Obama going to get a win? It will not happen until He moves to the middle (where the country is) and gets off of his income distribution, large government and run away spending agenda!

    January 24, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Randall S

    Get ready for the Depression of 2012.

    There's no way the private sector will (or even has the investment money) to deal with 10 percent unemployment. The government has to fill in the gap.

    The public seems ignornat of the advantages of deficit spending. Pres Regan used it in his first term. The national budget does not operate like a personal budget where deficit spending doesn't work because personal income is generally stable, plus or minus 5 percent.

    Like I said, get ready for another depresion of the Republicans get back into power. Less regulation, more corporate abuse, more bubbles, and a mean depression with 25 perent unemployment.

    Yes of short memory: remeber who got us into this catastrophe.

    January 24, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Barbara Pearce

    WE must balance the budget. If it means we have to sacrifice, then lets do it. I agree with sun52shine....what polls are being done? I have not been contacted. I want to vote in a poll! Has everyone forgot this was left to President Obama by the Republicans and the Bush administration????? Give him time to fix it!

    January 24, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. chuckscherl

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    Note that the right of assembly is included in the first amendment. Is not the collection of stock holders an assembly who freely elect the corporation's officers to operate the company in best interest of the stockholders??? If they do not like the way the company is saying or doing they can sell there stock and invest in a multitude of corporation that support their views. This also includes churches who should be permitted political speech???
    This was an appropriate ruling. It did not go far enough though.

    January 24, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. feekjones

    If it wasn't for the stimulus package my family would be out in the cold, so the stimulus is not all bad, people who have lost there jobs need help or you will see more homeless people in all places

    January 24, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. southern cousin

    Can see by the many sarcastic, smarmy and elitist comments by the "progressives" here,they still don't get it. Obama lies, he used the "stimulus" money for political payoffs for unions and creation of more government Hopefully, they will stay blind and after November, Obama can crawl into a corner of the Oval office and write a book on how great his telepromper was for the next two years.

    January 24, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Krejaton

    So let me see if I understand this correctly...a $787 BILLION stimulous that our Campaigner-in-Chief guaranteed would keep unemployment under 8%, failed to do just that...and while unemployment begins to spin out of control, Obama goes on his crusade to shut down everything else but health care legislation...and the president cannot fathom why we don't want his stinkin stimulous???

    I cannot wait for November when Obama and his Dem minions will get another wake up call to their increasing failures.

    January 24, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. lmk02

    That poles changes every day!!! I heard on CNN & MSNBC both a week ago that the pole was 54 percent for the Medical Plan!!! I wonder if it's because where they take the pole where the difference is???

    January 24, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    Okay, since we dont want it. Then let's give it to the banks and big corporations.

    In the end, someone is going to end up owning it. It's either US or the billionaire scrooges....

    January 24, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. ja

    any stimulus should go directly to the people, if you can drop billions into the hands of banks and Wall Street the culprits behind this mess, why not the people

    January 24, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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