Majority of Americans now oppose stimulus bill

January 25, 2010 06:29

By The Daily Caller 01/24/10

In yet another sign that political momentum has shifted away from Democrats in the wake of Republican Scott Brown’s upset win in Massachusetts, a new national poll conducted by CNN suggests that more Americans than ever oppose President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package.

Unemployment has increased several percentage points since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as the stimulus bill is formally known, was passed early last year.  According to the New York Times, the jobless rate in November 2009 was up in all 363 of the cities surveyed by the Conference of Mayors, as compared with November 2008. Unemployment numbers nationally are at a 16-year high.

Early Sunday, a slew of White House advisers appeared on talk shows to defend the stimulus, though each gave a wildly different estimate of how many jobs, precisely, they believe the bill has saved. The president himself has also sought to play down expectations about the bill.

“The jobs we create will be in businesses large and small across a wide range of industries,”  President Obama said in his weekly radio address. “And they’ll be the kind of jobs that don’t just put people to work in the short term, but position our economy to lead the world in the long term.”

The CNN poll shows how support for the bill has dwindled over the last ten months:

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.

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.

Full story: 56 Percent oppose stimulus program – CNN

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