(CNN) – Six in ten Americans favor the $26 billion bill providing aid to state governments for teachers' salaries and Medicaid benefits that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
The Senate passed their version of the bill last week after Democrats received some unexpected Republican support from Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that she would call members back from their six-week summer recess to pass the bill on Tuesday.
"Not surprisingly, a majority of Republicans oppose the bill, but 57 percent of independents favor it," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.
The poll was conducted by phone with 1,009 American adults from August 6-10. It has a sampling error of plus/minus 3 points.