January 29th, 2010
06:30 AM ET
13 years ago

CNN Poll: Specifics in stimulus popular while overall plan is not

Washington(CNN) - Although the overall stimulus bill is unpopular, most of its basic provisions are favored by a large majority of Americans, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 80 percent of the public favors government spending on roads and bridges, and 83 percent approves of aid to unemployed workers. Seven in 10 support the idea of spending some of that stimulus money on tax cuts, and 62 percent think it's a good idea to increase spending on mass transit projects.

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Then why is the stimulus bill so unpopular?

"Because, as we have seen throughout the week, there is much skepticism that the bill is wasteful, full of politically-motivated projects, and has benefitted fat cats at the expense of ordinary Americans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The positive aspects of the stimulus bill, such as infrastructure improvements and tax cuts, seem to have taken a back seat to those negatives."

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 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 $862 billion.

No Republicans in the House and only three in the Senate voted in favor of the bill. The stimulus was initially believed to have a price tag of $787 billion, but Tuesday the Congressional Budget Office hiked its forecast for how much the stimulus will add to the nation's deficit, raising its estimate by $75 billion.

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

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. vwrtb

    I love my union! Join a union! Let's rebuild the middle class!

    January 29, 2010 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Yet, the republicans who voted against the stimulus have no problem with taking credit for the stimulus projects in their districts. People watch Fox and the anti Obama crowd spew their hate about everything that our president does, and sadly, the less intelligent believe the lies.

    January 29, 2010 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  3. frank

    What a joke, call it stimulus. you cant steal second base and keep your foot on first. people just hate any change that doesnt jingle in their pockets. call it ADAPTABILITY. for a long time. the dems and repubs will not accept responsibility. awfuly DONT CARE;;;

    January 29, 2010 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The fragile population who watches Fox anti government spy network news only gets GOP talking points. You won't see Fox telling them that it was Reagan, Bush and Bush2 that saddled our grandchildren with greater percentages of government debt. While republicans thought that was OK then, remember, they did it without facing a near depression.

    January 29, 2010 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  5. Justen in Florida

    More nuclear power plants, offshore drilling? Coal???

    Don't sound like obama, what's up with that?

    January 29, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  6. TomInRochNY

    I'd like to see more infrastructure projects. Tax cuts are nice, but not having a bridge collapse under me on my way to work is better.

    January 29, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  7. Alan

    Way to go guys!! Keep polling and changing your questions until you can get someone to answer that they like this joke of a stimulus plan.

    January 29, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  8. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    What is refreshing, is that despite the lies from Fox and the GOP, most people blame the republicans for the mess we were in. I am hopeful that Obama can keep the unemployment numbers below the 1983 Reagan Recession jobless rate of 13%.

    January 29, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    I read the term above "spending the money on tax cuts". This is one of the major problems with left-wing logic (or illogic).... you cannot spend money you don't have! Tax-cuts provide the mechanism for more freedom by the entrepeneur, and more growth for their companies. SPENDING our tax dollars unreasonably takes away incentives for growth of our economy.

    January 29, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  10. Richard in Austin

    Then it is time for news organizations such as CNN to find those making claims of waste and mis-spending and have them prove their claims. I am not saying it doesn't exist, but there should be people auditing where money is being spent and the results from that money. If somebody is claiming that the money is not being spent properly, let them back up thier claim rather than just say it is happening with no evidence and no actual instances.

    January 29, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |