Washington (CNN) - Most Americans say that the economic stimulus plan has either helped the economy or prevented conditions from getting worse, but only a third see any personal benefit from the stimulus, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday morning indicates that 12 percent of the public feels the stimulus has improved the economy, with 46 percent staying it's stabilized conditions. But 22 percent of people questioned say the stimulus has had no effect on the economy and 19 percent feel it's made things worse.
"But Americans don't see the same effect on their own personal lives," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Nearly half say it has not affected them at all; just 7 percent believe that the stimulus bill has helped them while three times as many believe that the bill has hurt them personally."
According to a CNN poll released Sunday, 56 percent of the public opposes the stimulus, with 42 percent supportive of the plan. Last March, just weeks after the stimulus bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama, a CNN survey indicated that 54 percent 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 of Representatives 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 report.