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. Jose

    I'm glad most Americans aren't running the government either because as quickly as they sway directions, we'd be in a worse mess. Of course the propaganda media machine is at full speed as they report on such "newsworthy" articles that they do. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for the role we play in the daily life of this country. If everyone quit listening to the taking blowhards and pundits, this country might have a chance.

    January 24, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Do those same 56% want a deep depression? I guess so. We should be thankful that they are not paid lobbyists.

    January 24, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. aliou Jacksonville, FL

    Opposition to Obama' s policies and governance is always for it then not for it when tea party strikes.

    January 24, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. W l Jones

    All feb. state and local government spending is to stimulate the economy.

    January 24, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. aliou Jacksonville, FL

    Americans what to have their cake and eat it too. They all were happy with the stimulus and many companies lined up to have it. today,t hey don't want it anymore. But not before they have all taken the share they received either in the form of tax return, massive bail out to private banks and insurance companies, massive contracts in wars and other government stimulus contracts or stimulus for promotions and job security, job training, bail out of their mortgage deals, and so on.

    January 24, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Tony

    I don't really understand what's wrong with Americans. The country was in the midst of a major recession on the brink of a Depression. What did the country expect him to do? Just let it happen? Cut taxes? What good would that have done for the country? It certainly would've helped if the programs funded by the bill would have gotten started immediately to create jobs but these types of things take planning and time. The President even said that it wouldn't happen overnight and that we are now starting to see the programs take hold. Everyone needs to get over this whole thinking that he's Superman and allow what he's done to take hold.

    January 24, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Willy Brown

    Hey Barry keep running aganist Bush.

    January 24, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    So Americans are now afraid, and suddenly they know more than most respected economists who felt the stimulus did not go far enough.

    January 24, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Alex

    This kinda of of spending precisely demonstrates what a liberal and irresponsible person Barack Obama truly is. It is no wonder that that even many Democrats have realized Obama is heading in the wrong direction and lied to the American people just to get elected. Obama may have talked the talk of "change" during the primaries, but his practicing model is clearly, "Business as usual!"

    January 24, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. hilarious

    These polls are all silly. Without the stimulus plans, tons of Americans will be in far worse shape then they are today. If we followed the republican approach of saving the economy, the only one that will have a job today is the rich.

    January 24, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I would hope the democrats would continue to do the right thing, regardless of what Fox news says. The conservative clowns are hell bent on America failing so they can elect one of their own birthers in 2012.

    January 24, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. aliou Jacksonville, FL

    Everyone who could or knew how to, got something from the Obama government. Yet everyone of us is affraid he would give too much to too many people. And so, we hurry up to take our share, but we are at the same time voting against any further measures that seams like anyone else is going to receive something.

    Many received unemployment extention stimulus. They still complain that the government is not doing enough for their particular situation. Yet the same people are complaining about the government giving too much to banks, ..., or are afraid the healthcare is a give away to people who sit on their behind and do nothing: It's going to cost too much.
    people on Medicaid, food stamps, or receiving unemployment don't want government in their lives!!!! Ask them to stop receiving all these government subsidies and they say they can't. Why? because they "need it and it's not even enough!!"

    The whole debate about the reform is just that people want those things promised in the Public option, only without having to pay for it either in the form of taxes or bureaucracy that allows it. What a wonderful people are we!!!!!!

    January 24, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Of course most oppose it. It's not working. Duh! And many want to trust this group of bozos with our health care. Let's see if they can actually accomplish anything; anything at all.

    January 24, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. terry,va

    It's surprising that 56% oppose the stimulus program. I thought it would be much higher. But when I think of who is footing the bill and only 40% of Americans pay taxes, I realized what is going on. Ask not what you can do for your country, but ask what your country can do for you! We have become a nation of handouts. Where are my Obummie bucks?

    January 24, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Steven in Charleston

    The number of people who are in favor of the program will increase dramatically as people start filing their 2009 tax returns and begin seeing the benefit of the elements of the program designed to help individual families, such as the American Opportunity Education Credit.

    January 24, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Kent

    Voters are profoundly myopic.....although it is their votes that will determine our future. Most people don't have the long-term fortitude to commit to or understand what's at stake here. Much like our foreign policy swinging from presidency to presidency, our economic policies seem to change at the whim of the moment. These polls don't mean much in the moment, but over time, they do. My hope is that voters can realize that we've borrowed into our children's and grandchildren's future, and that it's time to pay our own bills, and settle our debts now. We shouldn't be saddling future generations with our spending and lack of taxes to cover our costs. We've been getting the free ride too long. We need to balance our budgets and keep spending down while adequately taxing ourselves to eventually pay our debts. Fiscal responsibility needs to return. This isn't a liberal vs. conservative battle, this is common sense. We all have to balance our checkbooks at the end of the day, so why don't we expect our government to do the same?

    January 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. annie s

    Another example of impatient Americans who listen to sound bites rather than facts. It's true that the stimulus has not had the effect that the people who thought this President could wave a magic wand and fix everything overnight believed it would, but it was never supposed to be an immediate panacea, it was always – ALWAYS – intended to have it's major effect in 2010. In 2009, here's what we got – a middle class tax break, approximately 600,000 jobs saved and created on a state level for teachers and emergency responders, unemployment benefits extended and approvals and funding for education and infrastructure projects. Visit recovery.gov to see how your State is using the funds, stop believing everything the Party of No says and find out for yourself!

    January 24, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Steven in Charleston

    Well put, Aliou. This has long been our largest problem - everyone is in favor of cutting programs to balance the budget as long as it's the OTHER guy's programs who are being cut.

    January 24, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    As the right wingnuts rush to judgement before the initial program is complete, it might be wise for them to take a deep breath and have it explained to them by someone other than Glenn (gold is good) Beck.

    January 24, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. John

    The President has done nothing to create a pro-business environment or help those (small/med. businesses) who actually create jobs and employ people. Creating more government is counterproductive. It's just like taking money out of hide with no return on the investment in terms of productivity. They should just liquidate the TARP by sending credit cards to everyone who paid taxes last year to pump it back into the economy.

    January 24, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Splat!~

    Until the Republican Party returns to the party of Lincoln and T. Roosevelt, and away from the party of Reagan, Robertson and Limbaugh, I will never support them, never!~

    January 24, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. James

    When will the country understand that the Republicans represent BIG BUSINESS! They are not interested in stimulus money for the poor or middle class, health care or jobs for America. They spread their lies and expect those of "little minds" to believe they have the publics best interest in mind.

    January 24, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. jenny

    the stimulus program hasnt worked, and if i seem to remember the dems are in control. the dems are the ones ruining things. i didnt agree with the first stimulus, bailouts etc. if you screwup you should pay the price for screwup, not the government. many businesess got to big for there britches- banks, auto industry etc. i as a taxpayer should not have to pay for your mistakes and your greed.

    January 24, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Jerry

    After four years of democrat controlled congress driving this country into the ground its time to take the purse away from them. Yes, they voted for the wars also so do not bother going there either. Obama is spending like a crack crazed man with a fist full of credit cards, stop the fool now.

    January 24, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Mike

    You nim rod liberals still have learned nothing. You cannot keep spending money you do not have as it increases debt and devalues the dollar. Get out of your mommies basement and check with her.

    January 24, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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