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Author Topic: Poll: More Than Half Say Stimulus Isn't Working  (Read 908 times)
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« on: August 17, 2009, 12:57:19 pm »

I think these numbers will moderate over time.  as soon as the economy clearly recovers, and it will, more people will attribute it to the stimulus.  but still, this has to be deeply disturbing to nancy and harry.

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Poll: More Than Half Say Stimulus Isn't Working
The $787 billion stimulus package that Congress passed in February doesn't seem to be having an effect, at least in the minds of a majority of adults polled by Gallup and USA Today.

The poll out Monday shows 57 percent of adults say the stimulus is having no impact on the economy or making it worse. Worse still, only 18 percent say they see an improvement in their personal situation as a result of the massive federal spending program, and 60 percent say they doubt the economy will be aided by the package in the years ahead.

"This is a wake-up call for the administration," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., told USA Today. "People see the stimulus hasn't worked, and now you want to lay on over $1 trillion in a health care plan."

The stimulus package contains $499 billion in new spending. Another $288 billion is intended for tax cuts. But as of Aug. 7 $77.1 billion had been distributed, according to the Obama administration Web site, Recovery.gov. The government says it has designated $200 billion of that money so far.

The Gallup poll mirrors a FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll taken last week that showed 72 percent of say returning the unused portion of the $787 billion dollar stimulus to taxpayers would do more to boost the economy than having the government spend it. Nineteen percent supported continued government spending.

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