February 18th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN poll: Congress falling down on jobs

The vast majority of Americans believe Congress is not tackling the nation's jobs problem, according to a new national poll.

The vast majority of Americans believe Congress is not tackling the nation's jobs problem, according to a new national poll.

(CNN) - The vast majority of Americans believe Congress is not tackling the nation's jobs problem, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday found that 84 percent of Americans think Congress has not done enough to create jobs, and only 14 percent said they are satisfied with lawmakers' efforts so far.

The poll, which was conducted Feb. 12-15, comes at a time when the jobs drought has become a flashpoint for partisan bickering and as politicians of both parties are trumpeting proposals they say will spur hiring.

A year ago, Congress passed the massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, now estimated to cost $862 billion. The fate of further stimulus is unclear. The Senate is expected Monday to take up an approximately $15 billion bill that would, among other things, offer tax breaks to businesses. That proposal is greatly pared back from a jobs bill that passed the House in December.

Meanwhile, the nation's unemployment rate is 9.7 percent and is likely to remain stubbornly high for at least another year. On Thursday, the government reported that 473,000 people sought first-time jobless benefits last week - 31,000 more than the previous week.

In a related CNN poll question, 83 percent of respondents said that economic conditions today are "poor," while 17 percent said they were "good." Those numbers are slightly worse than a similar CNN poll taken in early January, when 80 percent characterized the economy as "poor."

The CNN poll was conducted by telephone, with 1,023 adult Americans participating. The sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

CNNMoney's Rich Barbieri contributed to this report

Filed under: CNN Polls • Congress
soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio


    Get real. You ought to thank your lucky stars that this country has been defended by keeping the terrorists at bay. Or do you really want to give up all your freedoms and wear a birkah?

    February 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    @Tony in Maine February 18th, 2010 10:24 am ET

    Eliminate the filibuster rule in the Senate

    You really don't have a clue, do you? Do you have any idea WHY there is such a rule? Its to protect the rights of the minority from a majority that is run amok....sort of like the situation we have now.

    Take a civics lesson, idiot.

    February 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. LINDA K

    Republicans are the party of KNOW. Until one month ago, there was a one-sided governtment (left); who did nothing but try to cram down their social agenda down the throats of Americans. And worse, they spent over 800billion dollars to do what? Only 1/3 was spent, the economy is correcting itself and yet - the 2/3 left over will forever stay in the abiss. Nice goin Dems. Lets blame Bush why not? Funny, they didn't blame BUSH for the success in Iraq did they?

    February 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    Republicans are falling down on jobs creation, The House has already passed an excellent Jobs bill but Republicans are once again blocking it coming up for vote in the Senate.

    Who is against JOBS for the People? Who is against re-regulating the Banks who stole from us and brought down our financial system? Who wants insurance companies to be left alone to kill Americans every single day for profit? -–the Great Obstructionist Party – who hates Americans and have betrayed us over and over.

    February 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Can't Wait Til November

    The Dems came in in 2008... aaaannnnnnnnddddddd... went right back out in 2010...

    February 18, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    @Ed, Santa Fe, NM February 18th, 2010 11:53 am ET

    GOP Obstructionism is responsible for congressional gridlock

    If anything, Ed, the GOP is saving us from certain disaster. Or do you prefer to be owned by China?

    Thankfully, there were some level-headed centrist dems that also helped block the Obama spend-fest legislative agenda while the filibuster proof majority existed.

    February 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. WHAT???????????

    If Congress would stop giving tax breaks to businesses who take their jobs from America and give them to India ..and if Congress would stop giving work visas to the likes of Bill Gates to bring people from India to the U.S to work, then there would be plenty of jobs for American workers. Bill Gates insists that Americans are not qualified to do these jobs..well, the people in India were not born qualified either. They had to be trained. Americans can be trained..or is Gates saying we are too stupid to learn.

    But of course, these two suggestions are too simple and would not be in the best interest of our politicans' bank accounts.

    February 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    It's so easy to claimed that something has failed simply by saying it has not done this or it has not done that. Proving that an effort has been a success is even harder to prove because you can't show a point at which you would have been had you not taken steps to prevent a situation. One can only speculate where we would have been today were it not for the Recovery Act but because we are not back to "Business As Usual", it is said that this has been a failure.

    People, "Business As Usual" is what got us in this mess. We, the people of this country need to start up our Mfg. base again and stop buying everything from companies that move their mfg. base over seas. I don’t care if your “Cooperate Headquarters” is still here in the USA. The company is not. We need to stop giving tax breaks to companies that operate outside of our borders. We need to take care of our own first and then help others. We need to protect ourselves from any and all outside forces and threats both economic and physical. WE NEED TO BECOME A PRODUCTIVE NATION AGAIN. When we were productive, we were prosperous. Do you get the idea people?

    If you want to take your company to another country to make your goods to be sold here in our country for whatever reason, that’s fine. It’s your company, however, be aware of the fact that before you can send your products into this country, you will pay a tax that will make the cost of your product equal to or greater than our cost to make it here. NOT FAIR YOU SAY? It’s not fair for you to fire me and close up shop and go over seas or to Mexico to make your stuff cheaper and then send it back here with the expectation that I will buy it with the money I no longer make from the job you took out of the country. The only thing fair is that we, the American people take care of our own first. If you want to go to India, Mexico, Japan or Diddy Wa Ditty to make your products for less then go. We will find a way to open another company to make the same product here and sell it to our own.

    February 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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