January 24th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
8 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. Ted

    Thank goodness Americans are waking up.

    The cost of the original unstimulus bill was 1 $trillion - $10,000 for every household in America - but the Congressional Budget Office estimates the true cost over 10 years to be $3.3 trillion.

    That's $33,000 for every household in America.

    Do American households want to chip in another 10 to 30 thousand each for this abomination of pork that generates zilch?

    Of course not.

    January 24, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. RB

    What a difference a year makes. You gotta love the spirit of the American people fighting back against the far left liberal agenda that was drowning our country in debt. I can not wait till November.........
    Bye Bye Dems

    January 24, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Eugene Berkovich

    And Bush II DID NOT turn the economy around in 6-7 months. The economy was in red until 2003. That's 3 years of weak economy. Following the 8 years of the sustained growth unseen any other time in the 20th century.

    One can count on the conservatives to use selective memory.

    January 24, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. One by one, Obama's socialist agenda.....

    is falling by the wayside.......what is left? Obamacare-gone, cap and trade....gone, stimulus.....going......

    Yet, Obama instead of listening to the people is redoubling his efforts on programs Americans do not want.......

    He's settting the Dems. up for a Tsunami in November......

    Go Tea Partiers.....

    January 24, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. BLembergMD

    As an educated American, I take great offense at the arrogance of the President,the Democratic leadership,and the authors of many of the missives printed here who assume that they know best and that those of us ,such as myself ,are ignorant and do not "understand" the MESSAGE. The American people are not sheep nor are they ignorant. They know to where they want their leaders to take them.If the leaders continue to fail to get the message that the people dislike the policies,then the leadership will "earn" the results at the polls.

    January 24, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Nick C.

    The same economic geniuses who now tell us things would be worse but for the stimulus are the same ones who initially told us it would hold unemployment at 8% instead of spiking to 10%. You’d have to be an idiot to believe anything they say. What countries have spent less (as % of GDP) or nothing on stimulus and had a worse spike in unemployment compared to our 30% jump? A better argument is that the stimulus made things worse; businesses saw the interest and inflationary pressures that would come and pared jobs to weather the storm, thus the big layoff spike after the stimulus was passed. A guy running a hot dog stand has more business sense than anyone in Obama’s administration.

    January 24, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. KJ

    Wow! Between Barak Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, and the rest of the Dems in Washington – we don't stand a chance! They and their ridiculous stimulus package did nothing but put us further in debt that we can't possibly crawl out of. Oh wait, I know, I know – add tax upon tax upon tax – that'll help. And then when you've taxed us to the point where we can't take it anymore, tax us some more. PROUD of Massachusetts! They finally got it right. Washington should now LISTEN to the American people!

    January 24, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Don Edmond, Esq

    For the first time since the debacle and lies that swept Obama into the White House, a poll that actually reflects the mood of the American people. Obama's used car salesman, empty suit huckster routine has fallen flat. Words aren't change, unkept promises aren't change and pretending to be a liberal progressive to steal the Democratic nomination aren't change. Finally, taking office on false pretenses and becoming a reincarnation of George W. Bush isn't change.

    A lot of ordinary folks in this country who are struggling to make it each day have had enough. Either be a man, keep your word and deliver what you promised as Candidate Obama, or be shamed out of office by voters who are done with this nonsense.

    January 24, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. jay

    lies lies lies from the republicans thats why 56% of the people dont like it. maybe obama need to have them to come up with a jobs bill & see if the american people will like it. wish they wont epect the rich

    January 24, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Doug

    This President has had the wrong economic team from the beginning. Clinton holdovers Sumners, Fed banker Geithner, and the Goldman Washington crowd all have made policy with President Obama that helped themselves and held America hostage. Romer is a joke as she laughs telling Americans the country is getting better. Joe Biden, the bought and paid fpr voice of the credit card industry in Deleware, laughed behind the President when he announced his phony attack on banks, look at the film clips. Business as usual.

    January 24, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Death Panel Sarah

    Hey Geoff.... Clinton had that policy.....but Bush cancelled it!!!

    January 24, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Chris

    While it may be nice to hear what the average Joe Six Packs have to say, you have to keep in mind most of these same people have trouble balancing their own checkbook much less understanding something as complex and involved as the world economy.

    The vast majority of the top Economists – people who have dedicated their lives to the study and understanding these issues – say the stimulus program was absolutely necessary. I was listening to one the other day who was saying so few people realize just how close we came to absolute catastrophe. He said a year ago the econonmy was teetering on the edge of the abyss, and if the stimulus program hadn't pulled it back, the resulting total collapse would have made the Great Depression look like a windfall by comparison.

    You may call me elitist for paying more attention to a professional over the opinion of average American. But if someone was dying from a brain tumor, who should they listen to more – a neurosurgeon or their mailman?

    January 24, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Bob

    it would have been interesting to see how the Republicans would have voted if it didn't have enough Democratic support to pass. Although they might be ideologically opposed to the bailout, I think they realized that it was necessary to avoid disaster. I thought it was a necessary evil that was poorly implemented. We should have put close to 100% of money into infrastructure and energy infrastructure in particular. We can't just use it to create jobs, that's not sustainable. We need to use it to create fundamental improvements. It also should not have included any tax cuts. Tax policy does not have the return to make any real difference in a recession because the money will not be reinvested, it will be hoarded as we've seen with the bank bailout.

    January 24, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Markus

    Does anyone even know what they are talking about on here? It seems like every other comment I've read is full of misconceptions and poor grammar because people are not doing their homework. If you really want a clear picture of how our tax dollars are being spent, do some research on the federal government's budget for the past couple years. I think you'll be surprised.

    We're all Americans, so we'd better start working together, or prepare to assume responsibility for our lack of independent thinking. Just because CNN or FOX or Howard or Rush says something, does not mean it's the end all be all of truths. If you want to make an intelligent argument, please put forth more effort to research a topic instead of just turning up the volume.

    January 24, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Right Leaning Independent

    No kidding, we saw how well the last one worked... Money in peoples pockets in the form of tax cuts is the best stimulus! We know better than the government how to best spend our money!

    January 24, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. JS007

    I don't get it...people want jobs, but they are opposed to the stimulus...they don't like government-run health care but love Medicare...I agree that Obama compromised too much and should have allocated way more money for infrastructure, but it was the GOP and the "blue dogs" who reduced the bill.

    January 24, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Dave, NE

    This guy wants to spend money which we do not have. What is the sense in another stimulus bill. Do we have money to spend? First stimulus did not create any jobs. Last time Joe Wilson fired back at Barack saying he is a liar. I believe so today. T%^His President knows nothing about economy and simply talks and talks and tells lies to us. Loser....

    January 24, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Mandemus

    Obama should try and set a good example and save money. No need to burn all the jet fuel and pay for security overtime.

    Instead of flying around the country for staged campaign events, just ship the tele-prompter. Have the curiously friendly audiences at his next 'town hall' read the talking points and propaganda themselves.

    January 24, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Danny Hunt


    Collapse the U.S. economy by taking 4.9 trillion dollars of the United States money and giving it to Corporations, the Wealthy, and Wall Street.

    Once voted out of office for causing the Great Recession, say no to any legislation that will help the U.S. recover, use delays, and blame economic hardship on that administration.

    In a great recession spending is needed to prevent a great depression, so after taking 4.9 trillion dollars of the United States money and giving it to special interest group, keep repeating that those trying to rescue the U.S. economy are spending all your money.
    aka too much spending.

    January 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    A big part of the problem is the Republican governors’ refusal to either accept stimulus money or if they do accept it, they sit on it.

    Why? Because Republicans will do anything and everything – including taking our country down the toilet – to make our president and our country fail.

    Only a fool would think that Republicans – who have absolutely no new ideas and a long track record of failed economic, military and foreign policies – could ever possibly get our country back on track.

    Republicans want one thing and one thing only: A return to power so they can complete the destruction of the American Middle Class and turn our nation into just another third-world country.

    GOP = Party Before Country

    January 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. JS007

    CNN, can you please also tell us WHY they oppose the stimulus? This is not very informative.

    January 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. RonW

    Not surprising. We only support what's necessary to get us out of a huge mess at the time. Once things improve a little, we don't like what helped improve our situation. The Repubs don't want President Obama to be successful. To be fair, when President Bush was in office, the DEMS acted the same. Partisan spin on news programs watched by millions influence public opinion. Our country and it's people are the only ones that suffer when either polical party does nothing to support the party occupying the while house just to get back in the white house. It's all about power. Millions don't have health insurance or are driven into bankruptcy because of medical bills but don't want healthcare reform?? Each party uses scare tactics to influence public opinion to prevent good things from happening for the benefit of the country as a whole just to occupy the white house.

    January 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Brad (Hoboken, NJ)

    People just need to be reminded how much things have improved. Try rephrasing the poll question "Considering that the economy was losing over 700,000 jobs a month before it was passed compared to 85,000 in December 2009, do you support or oppose the stimulus program?"

    January 24, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Lilarose in Oregon

    Thank God for the polls, eh?

    Americans oppose everything and hate everything and are angry about everything.

    What we all need to do is support our president about SOMETHING! It is not Obama's job to make you happy, to find you a job, to be sure you have medical care etc etc. It is YOUR job. Some things we have to do collectively, like health care.

    The people of Mass. all HAVE great health insurance, so why should they care about you?

    So they elect a pin up boy who is just being used by the Republicans to work towards changing the guard in November.

    I personally don't care anymore. As a senior who has voted since JFK, to heck with it! You get what you pay for, folks, and if you think the Republicans are going to take good care of you, good luck!

    If they mess with Soc Security and Medicare, however, you will be hearing from me and my fellow seniors.

    January 24, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    The people who were polled don't want to spend money on getting our country back on track, but they didn't have a problem when GW Bush cut taxes on the wealthy during wartime?!? THAT’S what created our nation’s huge deficit. It’s simple math!

    Ask yourself this:

    Why is spending money on job creation, infrastructure, education, sustainable renewable energy, and all the other things that generate income for people and our country a bad thing


    Spending money on two badly executed wars – that STILL haven’t brought the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice – that line the pockets of Halliburton and Blackwater, and tax cuts that target the already-wealthy who then invest that money overseas is a good thing?

    January 24, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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