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. Danny Hunt

    American Society vs. Powerful Corporations

    – Corporations have a lot of power and resources which include power over governments and American society. They are for profit organizations meaning that their interests may not be beneficial to American society or the United States. (Supreme Court strikes down campaign finance restrictions)


    Pharmaceutical Corporations for example may increase their profits from a sicker and unhealth general U.S. population that need their products.

    Oil Corporations may increase their profits from the control and use of oil resulting in environmental destruction, deteriorating general population health, and even endangering the human species.

    It is the business they are in, linked to profit incentives, striving for more profit, continued use, and existence.

    – Bank CEOs receiving record bonuses during the economic collapse and Wall Street having record profits during its recovery.


    Corporations are for profit organizations and this is not greed. The problem is with those who let special interest groups or corporations do anything they want for political gain and power.


    – "nearly $7 trillion in household wealth evaporated during the recession" – By Chris Isidore, senior writer January 21, 2010 CNN referred to as the Great Recession by others.

    January 24, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Libs in Trouble

    WOW, when a poll doesn't go the way liberals want it too, all of a sudden it's meaningless........by reading most of the comments here. Amazing. They were quick to bring up polls when Obama had a 70% approval rate, but that too is in the past.

    I do wish that everybody here would just stop with the name calling (both sides) and quit spouting the worn out talking-points.

    January 24, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Danny Hunt

    The New United Corporate Union of America, formerly the United States will come into being this way.

    Those who promote an unhealthy diet and ignorance towards diet and health will be promoted and receive large sums of money by pharmaceuticals that increase their profits from an unhealthy population.

    Those who promote oil, economic ignorance, and environmental ignorance will receive large sums of money from the powerful oil industry to promote their interest and the use of oil.

    Those who promote bad economic policies that result in serious fluctuations in the stock market will be promoted by Wall Street who obtains record profits at the cost of the general population.

    Those who promote economic ignorance and economic policies that transfer all the wealth from the former United States to corporations and the wealthy, impoverishing the former United States, will receive large sums of money to promote bad economic policies and economic ignorance.

    Anyone who speaks out concerning these candidates, policies, and their agendas will find themselves jobless in the new United Corporate Union of America, and find themselves homeless.

    The new surge in homelessness will be blamed on mental illness, freedom and capitalism, moody and ill tempered people with an all around bad attitude.

    It almost sounds like the present.

    January 24, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Jim

    I'm sorry but if this poll is accurate, it pretty much says that the American people are stupid. They want the government to help create jobs, but they don't wnat them to have a stimulus. They are against taking steps to help the economy, but they want it to be helped. They want to balance the budget and hve all their services but at the same time they want tax cuts. You can't have something for nothing!

    January 24, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Lauren in Ohio

    God, it is soooo silly to see all of the comments blaming the Republicans, Fox News, Blue Dogs, Bush, Rush and who ever else is not a Democrat or a liberal.

    When will you all realize, the Dems have had a MAJORITY in both houses. They had all the chips on thier side of the table. But yet, you still blame all the others because the stimulus got gutted from having important items, Health care has failed, Obama is doing all he can.

    The republicans could not obstuct anything if they had wanted to. The dems had full control, they could have passed anything. You had better be looking at your leaders, Obama, Pelosi, Ried. They have failed your Democratic party big time by taking on this, ,,,, " we know better" attitude. Instead of hearing what the voters we saying.
    Stop blaming the republicans, the Dems had the power, and they dropped the ball.

    January 24, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Dan

    Everyone who is opposed to it should give back the tax cut they received.

    That's right, billions went to American taxpayers for a tax cut received in their paychecks during 2009.

    January 24, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Victor

    We will not be heard.

    January 24, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. FUBO

    Liberals are so naive. Put on the rose colored glasses and pretend everything is okay. 0bama is KILLING the economy and losing jobs.

    Who is John Galt?

    January 24, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. sgurdog

    There would be no economy to speak of if we simply allow the business elite to continue getting away with robbery. Those at the top make it there because of the middle class. They owe this country a lot for giving them access to the greatest and most diverse marketplace. Don't believe for one second that we are required to follow the sadistic agenda of the pro business mob who seek to control all classes beneath their financial arrogance. It's time for America to grab a few pitch forks and torches and pull the veil off of this hideous lie of trickle down economics.

    The right wingers and conservatives can whine all they want about taxes and regulation and big gov't, blah, blah, blah! Your agend has been tried and this philosophy is directly responsible for the current state of America, not Barack Obama. I can't wait to see John Boners leathery face crack when the republican party realizes that the people don't want them back in charge. We still want change and we will have it one way or the other.

    January 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Sean

    This poll is irrelevant. The stimulus package was passed last year and the people overwhelmingly supported it then. Why would anyone even conduct this poll?

    January 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Here's a polling question I'd like to see:

    How many Americans get their news from more than one source?

    Follow-up question: Name the source(s).

    The answers to this polling question should be considered whenever CNN takes this kind of poll that involves people actually making an informed decision and not just expressing a subjective opinion.

    January 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Bill Shea

    Perhaps another strong poitical party is the answer. The way things are going, I expect more arguing with no accomplishments.

    January 24, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Keeth in California

    These polls are a sham.

    January 24, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Ron

    Those of you who support THIS stimulus package have never taken (or passed) an Economics course. I can't explain in detail in this short reply (I teach college Economics) but THIS package was not even CLOSE to what a Keynesian style "stimulus" package should contain. The people FINALLY realize that this is not a "stimulus" package but a "let me return the favor to those who supported my election" package. Unbelievable but remember: You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time". Take an Economics course (and pass it) then you will understand the concept much better.

    January 24, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Lauren in Ohio: The Democrats have had power for one year, and during that year, they have tried to be bipartisan in their approach to governing.

    The Republicans had power of all branches of government from 2000-2006, during which time they passed a lot of irresponsible legislation – including Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy during wartime.

    Another thing your statement does not address is how Republican governors have either refused stimulus money for their states or if they have accepted it, they've sat on it.

    I stick by this proven fact: GOP = Party Before Country

    January 24, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |

    It is a failure and waste of borrowed money thus far.

    January 24, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Indy

    Take the biggest corporation in the world and destroy it for 9 years and see if you can fix it in one year, while having Republicans put up cement walls all around you.Republicans have done nothing for the last decade but expect Obama to fix the country in one year. What else can you say when you have a $30 million a year radiohead that spews his lies and hate and is the leader of the republican party. The Republicans pay this idiot to lie all day every day and sure enough the stupid lap it up like cult members. America will go down the toilet for good without healthcare. Every country that has healthcare would go down the economical drain if they lost healthcare but Republicans run as a corporate government so they don't care if your children die as long as they sell their lies to you and get rich.

    January 24, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    The majority who voted against stimulus are probably not smart enough to understand that the only proven way to get out of recession is through stimulus funding. Go figure!!

    January 24, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Energizedat50

    Instead of beating each other up, let's take a harder look at the recent Scott Brown win in the recent Massachusetts election. As a newly minted Independent, I for one am willing to vote Dem or Rep., predicated on how the legislator plans to move the country forward. Tearing each other down is not helpful or productive. We've got what it takes to be great again, and it starts with a little study, a little respect, and a little humility.

    If we work together, we can take the country back!

    January 24, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Indy

    Ron, You must be a very poor teacher if you can't explain what a good stimulus package is. You are obviously a republican that cannot explain anything but hate for Obama and America

    January 24, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. fatima

    I think most American voters are more naive than European voters. Most European voters think for themselves what a politician/party had done/accomplished and the past history and don't let the likes of Fox News and other media ot influence them. Have you noticed that the amount of political commentators have increased over the decade? The right wing must be paying well to come and spout pure venom on TV. I would say some of them even sound jealous of Obama.

    Like someone pointed out, a president has many jobs to do, and he is not going to resolve all the problems for an individual voter. Immigration reform may be the most important item for some individuals, but it may not be the highest priority for the president. Yo can't deride him and call him "liar" since it is not done in the first year of office.

    Remember who created our budget mess: It is the Republican Party with GW. Bush. Now, they are demanding for immediate results. It is laughable since they caused the mess and failed to even start resolving it. The Wallstreet is scared that they won't get the huge bonuses, payouts and tax cuts that was possible under Bush Administration and the media is playing up to them and who gets affected by all this ==> the hard working common people.

    January 24, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Pat F

    Look out below – Hugo Obama's socialist plan for America is crashing to earth like the Hindenberg.

    January 24, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let's do nothing and we will all be happy.

    January 24, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. snowmom

    Brian said:
    " Money went to UNIONs and sustainment of county, state and federal workers – no private companies benefited"

    I thought it was ok to let private enterprise fend for itself??? Isn't that the capitalist mantra? And are there no unions in private industry? Hmmm, not many left, I wonder why? And finally, what the heck is so wrong with sustaining the vital services provided by county, state and local workers? Their necessity is why they are government jobs, after all. If you or anyone else thinks its such a cushy gig, you are always free to apply.

    January 24, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. America Shrugged

    I agree with the other poster above, who are taking these polls? Wall Street monsters? I've never ever been polled in my 30 yrs of being a voter. You can't turn a battleship around in a bathtub, and as most economists have said, the stimulus wasn't big enough. I'll wait and pass judgement when the rest of the stimulus money is released for jobs creation in the next year. When are the banks going to start lending money to small business again? They are forcing the hand of the government after they created this gigantic mess. Stockholders got bailed out and most of these banking executives still received all their bonuses. I can only imagine that things would have been much much worse had Obama not taken the actions that he did. How many supposedly healthy pensions would have been lost? How many senior citizens would have had medicare services cut if we had to slash all entitlement programs? The problem is that we americans have had it too easy and we want everything right now but don't want to pay for it. Well, we're paying for it now.

    January 24, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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