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. nick

    The private sector is in total disarry. The only ones making any money are the fat cats playing 'MONOPOLY" with each other while the rest of us linger in a dispond of economic despair. Piddle down econoics is a failure. It is time to return to a keysian program. Bring on government intervention and let's stop relying on the good will of the greedy GOPers.

    January 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    @getreal January 24th, 2010 9:22 am ET

    "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."

    "Programs" don't create jobs, businesses create jobs. "Programs," at least of the "let's waste more money" kind, just inhibit job growth by siphoning money (in the form of taxes) and other resources away from businesses and into government. It's hard to hire more people when the money that could have been used to pay those people has instead been mailed off to the IRS.

    January 24, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Gary

    I'm confused, why are we calling it the "Second Stimulis" Did'nt we do this back inm 04/ 05 or so? Then when it was the republican president it was a good idea, now when it's the Democrat its not. More right wing hypocracy.
    Just like trying terrorist in civil courts, it was OK then but not now.
    Your true colors are showing repubs, you are out for one thing and one thing only, destroying President Obama.

    January 24, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. david

    democrats control the house and senate as well as the white house. they have had a year to make a difference but have failed miserably. only the fanatic democratic base think the house/senate and obama are doing a good job. congress can't manage or direct obama so voters have to sweep out democratic control and replace democrats in the house and senate by electing others from another party. we're stuck with obama unless he resigns or gives cause to be impeached. as of today, it looks like only the fanatic democratic base would want to re-elect obama. independents, republicans voted for obama but betting the majority regret it, know i do. still obama or palin, how could anyone not vote for obama last election? will bel glad to see obama out.

    January 24, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. zabelbok

    I think mid-term election will surprised every one.

    January 24, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Simple Words

    These polls miss out on a simple, obvious truth: they lack resolution. Here is how it works: My friend, John, a devout conservative would poll in opposition to Obama's stimulus package (and anything else even remotely connected to President Obama) because, in John's mind, Obama is "too liberal."

    I would also poll in opposition to the stimulus package, but my issue with the package is that it doesn't go far enough. John and I both show up in a "negative" poll, but we're not there for the same reasons, and in the end, our choices in the voting booth would not be affected by the poll, nor would our true opinions be measured by it.

    January 24, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. donna

    Americans know that a promise that the unemployment rate would not get above 8% if the stimulus bill was passed was a lie and $ 787 billion of thier money has been wasted in pure pork barrel and political payoffs. (studies show that up to twice as much money was spent in democratic districts than republican districts).

    Now this administration is going to produce a new stimulus II bill with more wasteful spending that has to be funded with even more deficits paid for by our children.

    I do not know whether to laugh or cry when I hear today that the administration is talking about putting some portions of the cap and trade bill (now referred to as energy bill-more bait and switch) and some portions of the health care bill together with a new "jobs bill" (stimulus II to the rest of us). WOW...job killing legislation with higher health care costs and more wasteful government spending....well that will at least provide job security to people in DC but unfortunately not anywhere else....

    January 24, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    As Nancy Reagan once told Rush,just say No.The rightwing wingnuts are taking the bait,hook, line, and sinker and will lose.

    January 24, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. gary davis harbor oregon

    because 56 % have been lied to by the republican purist party of NO
    and untill america wakes up and acts like adults and not spoild little children . then the republicans will keep us all down 😦

    January 24, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. donna - neptune

    i don't believe any polls cnn, msnbc, or any other news station run, on president obama, who are u asking the teabaggers, this is a joke, this man has done more for our country than bush did for 8 yrs, (so you can take your polls with you)!!!!!

    January 24, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Death Panel Sarah

    Hey Joe Smith.....did your watch stop?

    Freddy and Fanny collapsed in 2008(under your beer buddie's watch)....

    Revisionist history again!!!

    January 24, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. pj from Oklahoma

    Has anyone thought about all the jobs that were saved? Much of the stimulus money went states who kept teachers, policemen, vital positions from layoffs. Millions of people had unemployment benefits extended and kept their homes. Helping the auto industry saved hundreds of thousand of jobs also. Maybe we should stop complaining about what the president is trying to do and help him.
    We all have experienced the results of the last administration. Do we want to go back to the the 2000-2008 style of government? Are the Republicans showing us their new ideas of how to move this countery forward? Change is difficult, but going back is not an option.

    January 24, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Bob in Pa

    The only thing that stimulated anything was the infrastructure spending which was such a small percentage of the bill it did nothing but delay the onslaught.The Government can only create temporary jobs unless it is the creation of another huge bureaucracy, which in turn means less freedom. So tell me, why would we want to support anything that is proposed. It would have been more productive to give the money directly to people who lost their jobs recently.

    January 24, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Larry

    These types of polls are MEANINGLESS

    Most Americans have no idea whats going on in Washington, or anywhere else in the country

    They are too busy watching American Idol, and returning things they bought at Wallmart

    If you asked a different thousand people every hour of the day, the exact same questions, the poll numbers would fluctuate like the wind


    The American people are so naive, we are run like sheep in a field by those with all the money

    When great people like Obama get in office, and try to shift the power back to the sheep, the money people turn up all the burners, they tell the sheep only what they want them to hear

    The money people like to have one of their own in office, like George W., or most any other Republican who will do as he or she is told


    You really are not as free as they let you believe

    January 24, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Steve-Illinois

    These guys just don't get it! The stimulus bill was a joke that didn't create any substantial number of jobs. They spent the first year with a filibuster proof majority in the Senate pushing through a trillion dollar health care reform bill that the majority were opposed too. (They had to bribe members of their own party to try and get votes for this turd of a bill) They completely ignored job creation. When Obamacare got slapped back in their faces, (Thank you Mass.) suddenly it's jobs they are going to focus on. So the 1st year of the Obama presidency has been wasted! Mr. Bi-partisan, Mr. Health care reform, Mr. Transparency, Mr. No lobbyists in my administration, has accomplished nothing, with Dems controlling the Presidency, the House, and the Senate. Since they spent the 1st year behind closed doors, shutting out any Republican ideas, and those of many of their own party, now all of a sudden they are going to become a bi-partisan machine. That's a good one!
    When will politicians learn that if the people are not working, they are unable to pay for these socialist programs?
    As a wise man once said, "It's the economy, stupid!!!"
    Americans are seeing the light. Many I know are hunkered down, they are not spending, they are focused on reducing their own debt as quickly as possible. Because that's what responsible people do! It's too bad the government doesn't understand that the tax well is going dry, and that they need to do the same thing!

    January 24, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Mike in SA

    Simple Words, though your point is correct, the effects would ultimately be the same for the Dems. Those who think (as in "John's mind") that Obama is too liberal are likely very motivated to hit the polls and move the government to a more conservative position (and there seems to be MANY of those). The other side though has no real "more liberal" position to move to and therefore will be much less motivated come election time and will likely stay away from the polls. Either way, it's bad news for the Dems and this administration.

    January 24, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Heavymetal Rules!!!!

    Again, the libs are coming up with excuses for Obama based off of rhetoric, rather than facts. Nowhere have I seen, even in govt stats, the number of jobs "saved" by the liberal govt. Nowhere! Yet you libs claim BHO saved so many jobs and we are better off because of the stimulus.

    One thing to note, Bush's tax cuts turned the economy around in 6-7 months. We were out of the recession he inherited from Clinton. Bush's tax cuts expire in a few months, are you all ready to pay hirer taxes...all of you middle-class libs?

    Again, CBO, Treasury and other govt business agencies cannot find ANY facts/figures to back-up BHO's claims of saving jobs. He's been in charge for a year and has not doen anything to make the country better, yet he claimed with "hope and change" to turn the country around in less than and year. Now he claims he didn't know the economy was that bad...yet he was a Senator for two years during the time of the downturn. He knew the problems, yet didn't care because he was busy campaigning for the Oval Office. HMMMMM. How many votes did BHO have as a US Senator?

    BHO doesn't care about the US economy other than to regulate it and micromanage it from the Oval Office, a true slap to the American tradition.

    January 24, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. kd

    56% oppose the stimulus package even though it's working. No one ever said Americans aren't stupid.

    January 24, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. aliou Jacksonville, FL

    Tax me if you need to. This is my country, and a chinese creditor doesn't make me proud to be an american. Neither would a british, french or indian creditor.

    Stop paying israel a ransom. stop wars. revamp the economy with job and subsidy to start small business. Nancy pelosi was able to deliver a semblance of reform with at least a public option in the house bill.

    January 24, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Death Panel Sarah

    ....Mike, formerly from Syracuse....
    It is working!!! We didn't 'fall off the cliff' into a second republican depression!!!
    Everything is slowly turning around. Give it some time to work. Most of the 'stimulus money' has not even been spent, yet. PROFESSIONAL economists have predicted that this is the BEST way to revive the economy. Is your MAJOR in economics??? I bet not!!!

    January 24, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. indieman

    Larry– Grab a mit and get in the game. Your comments are not reflective of reality. This administration has a bad plan with bad policies. President O is simply a liberal version of the last guy who was in office. My way or the highway approach isn't going to cut it with the American people.

    January 24, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Eugene Berkovich

    IN order to create jobs federal spending is required. FDR pulled us out of the Great Depression by cutting the unemployed rate in half BY SPENDING. In the process, he also improved infrastructure in the process.

    We need to improve infrastructure. It needs to be done. The conservodrons think miraculous intervention will maintain our roads and bridges. But, the fact is, our infrastructure needs to be updated and that requires workers and money to pay them. And there are many jobless who would do these jobs.

    Maybe we can pay Matthew from Detroit that way to do work.

    P.S. And for those complaining about Obama having 1 (ONE) year and not having fixed the economy, let me remind you of Reagan's first two years – total debacle, before the economy started to rebound in 1983. They love Reagan, though, while Obama only gets one year of leeway. I am disgusted by these people.

    January 24, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. mario ca.

    The media are not honest not telling exactly what the stimulus include, specially cnn

    January 24, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Mr.Fencel

    I support the president & I support Health Care... who are these numbnuts being polled?

    January 24, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. RandyW

    We have had a year of negative bashing from FAUX News, Rush, Bill'O and Beck about anything Dems do of course dittohead opinion will change. Just wait until the Republicans are back in charge. More tax cuts for the rich, more gambling with that money on Wall Street, another crash, America will look like Haiti with or without the earthquake.

    January 24, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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