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Gallup: US Does/Doesn’t Want Stimulus

From the February 3, 2009 report on the Gallup Poll:

Americans Support Stimulus, but Many Want Major Changes

Most say plan will not have major impact this year

by Frank Newport

February 3, 2009

PRINCETON, NJ — A strong majority of Americans (75%) want Congress to pass some version of President Obama’s economic stimulus plan, but this group is split down the middle on whether it should be passed as is or with major changes.

Moreover, Americans have fairly low expectations for the plan’s ability to turn around the economy. Just 17% say the plan would make the economy a lot better, while another 47% say it would make the economy a little better. Seventeen percent (including more than a third of Republicans) go so far as to say the plan would make the economy worse.

Two days later we are told:

Public Support for Stimulus Package Unchanged at 52%

Seven in 10 favor some type of stimulus legislation

February 5, 2009

by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-two percent of Americans interviewed Wednesday night are in favor of Congress passing a roughly $800 billion economic stimulus package; 38% are opposed. These figures are nearly identical to those measured in Gallup polling last week, right before passage of the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, and are also in line with public support in early January.

And in this same poll we are also told:

Slimmed-Down Alternative Garners Less Support

A bipartisan group of centrist senators is attempting to increase support for the legislation by shaving some of the more controversial spending items from the current set of proposals. Estimates of how much trimming will take place vary, but

Gallup finds 48% in favor of a smaller stimulus package that would cut the size of the original bill by up to $200 billion.

And in Gallup’s latest poll we find:

Obama Has Upper Hand in Stimulus Fight

Obama’s 67% approval rating on the stimulus is more than twice that of Republicans

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ — The American public gives President Barack Obama a strong 67% approval rating for the way in which he is handling the government’s efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill, while the Democrats and, in particular, the Republicans in Congress receive much lower approval ratings of 48% [sic] and 31%, respectively.

So, to review: most Americans are against the stimulus bill, or they only think it should pass with “major changes.” (37% + 17%)

Most think the package should be trimmed by $200 billion.

Most also don’t think it will make little or no difference – or even hurt. (17% + 15% + 17%)

Yet they disapprove of the Republicans who have opposed the bill as it was, who have tried to put in major changes – and who at least got a compromise trimming the Senate bill by $200 billion.

Congratulations to our institutions of (higher and lower) learning and our establishment media for creating such an ignorant and easily bamboozled citizenry.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Gallup: US Does/Doesn’t Want Stimulus”

  1. proreason says:

    “Congratulations to our institutions of learning and our establishment media for creating such an ignorant and easily bamboozled citizenry”

    But the citizenry absorbs propaganda with ease.

    If guns must be banned, even though they are inanimate objects, every TV in the country should be burned immediately.

  2. RightWinger says:

    SG, you are not kidding when you talk about ignorant and easily bamboozled citizens. I have been sitting here at work listening to Lil’ Barry supporters cry about how the Republicans are messing everything up by not voting for the stimulus.

    Then when I tell them that the Democrats control everything and other than needing 2 lousy RINO votes in the Senate, they can damn well do as they please, the nitwits look at me like I am crazy. One brainiac says to me, “Oh yeah, well not one Republican voted for the House verision of the bill” to which I replied, still passed didn’t it? Naturally the fool was left speechless.

    Now I see Lil’ Barry crying in Indiana about he won, everybody better come together. This makes ZERO sense, other than the Democrats desperatly need cover fire to spread the blame when this stimulus does nothing more than to sink the economy deeper into the hole.

    This reminds me of those old “Wacky Races” cartoons where Dick Dasterdly would be in the 1st place, his car inches from the finish line and victory, yet he would stop the car to get out and try some hair-brained scheme against the other racers to ensure he would win the race. Then it would backfire and he would end up in last place….again.

  3. pdsand says:

    Saturday Night Live this week opened with a sketch of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi discussing the stimulus bill, and Harry Reid kept saying he wanted bipartisan support, and Pelosi muttered and sputtered each time. She said at one point, it’s funny how Republicans changed their tune on bipartisanship, because for 8 years they didn’t give a crap about what we wanted.
    I happened to have my eyes open for the last 8 years, and remembered that 2000-2002 saw Democrat majorities in the Senate, and 2006-2008 saw Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress, as well as a Democrat majority in the Bush administration. I know for a fact that the American public doesn’t know that Democrats ran the Congress the last two years, but I wonder if these solons at SNL even knew, when they’re supposed to be informed enough to produce satire.

  4. Trogdor says:

    “Ignorant and free has never been and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson

    And Ignorant they continue. The ignorant population wants to the government to control everything. It’s so sad. Freedom and Liberty had a good run, and I’m just hoping and praying it can make a comeback.

    “To be ignorant and simple now . . . would be to throw down our weapons and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen.” — C.S. Lewis

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Sometimes a thing is exactly what it appears to be. But in the realm of politics, especially District of Columbia politics, few things are ever … let me repeat that … EVER …. what they appear to be.

    This insane frenzy to pass this Bill now, absolutely, unequivocally now, smacks of something else. Something like a looming deadline unrevealed. Something like a fault line will appear we cannot see, but inside the District with all their access to secrets and briefings you and I (who pay for them) never get to see KNOW is about to pop. Or, maybe all those Crays hooked up in tandem down in the bowels of the NSA have finally cracked the Rapture code and have a firm date in hand. I don’t know, but this hair on fire whirlwind to secure all our damn money right damn now smacks of some kind of sensational panic.

    Which makes me curious about a statement from Benjamin Fulford, on Friday the 6th.

    [quote]

    Discussions over a new financial system are presently deadlocked

    Negotiations taking place in the US right now over a new financial system have become deadlocked. One problem is extreme stubbornness on the part of the City of London (the Rothschilds, Queen Elizabeth etc.). These people do not want to give up any of their ancient privileges so it may be necessary to bankrupt the UK in order to force their hand. Another problem is a stubborn group of North American hold outs who still want the Amero. It is very unlikely and sort of agreement is going to be announced today (February 7th) and discussions will continue throughout the weekend and into Monday.

    It may be necessary for the Chinese, the Russians and other foreign currency holding nations to announce they will trade all US dollars held outside of the US and all Euros outside of the Euro zone for a new currency. This would force the decadent Western Oligarchs to admit to reality. Without such a drastic move negotiations may stagnate. In any case we shall have to see if anything is agreed upon by Monday.

    [end quote]

    Now, before anyone in this august assembly hoots me down for mentioning Fulford as a King Daddy Tin Foil Hatter, I agree. That doesn’t automatically qualify him as a man who has neither eyes nor ears. And to be sure, regardless of what hideous ganja he’s smoked since, out of hookas carved from human heads, he was without question FORBES chief of station in Asia. Which means he has an impressive rolodex. His video-taped interview with David Rockefeller is pure gold (YouTube) and fodder for every slobbering end of the world drooler, but … but … amidst all the calls for a new world order, a new financial system, a new messiah (sorry, that’s just over at the Kos and MSNBC) … maybe, just maybe ol’ Ben slipped up and let a little birdie sing.

    Maybe.

    But you cannot argue that your Federal Reserve dollar ain’t worth spit.

    • proreason says:

      it’s no mystery GetBack. Rush and many others talk about it all the time.

      The Depression Stimulus has nothing to do with helping the economy. Even these idiots know it will destroy the economy.

      It’s about a permanent moonbat majority.

      Like FDR had, even though the country was in a bigger depression Dec 6, 1941 than it had been when he was elected.

  6. TickTock says:

    The fleecing of America is at full-tilt. Obama and his gang of thieves are proceeding unmolested. Specter and Collins, and whoever else joins them should be skinned alive for their parts in this travesty.

    Treason.

    There are a lot of idiots out there, but there are multitudes of people who are well-informed and are totally against this “rush to bankruptcy” than MSM and manipulated polls will ever show.

    Moderate republicans like these are the reason I no longer contribute to the RNC.

  7. joeblough says:

    Again one is faced with the question of generational differences in mental competence.

    Considering that most people of voting age today have just shown themselves to be clueless about how politics and economics work and are supposed to work, what are we to do?

    It will take a dead minimum of 10 – 30 years to raise up a generation of people who can tell what’s up. And that is to assume that we have the people in place to teach them, which we don’t.

    By what practical means will we reverse this tide of barbarity and ignorance?

    The problem with conservatives, is that we prefer to be left alone to pursue our private lives. It is the collectivists and primitives that like getting out and shaking up trouble among the public.

    What is one to do?

  8. Confucius says:

    The Republican Party is partly to blame. They don’t create any ideas of their own. They only respond to whatever the Democrats and media just did. And more often than not, they don’t even do that!

    In other words, it isn’t enough for them to sit in their pretty little offices with their pretty little principles.

  9. Right of the People says:

    Upon further review, I am of the opinion that we need to form a new political party, the Conservative Party. We could invite everyone including those few reasonable GOP members in congress to join us who also share our beliefs. And when the Libs do something we don’t like or are caught in this or that scandal like you know they’re going to, we hammer the bejesus out of them about instead of not saying anything or even worse apologizing like the last administration got into the bad habit of doing. It’s about time we went on the offensive!
    I sure that if you could survey the majority of citizens, not just those select, handpicked few the media always call on, they are by and large conservative on most issues. It’s time we took our country back from these leaches. I don’t think there too many out there who think that our “elected officials” are doing the job we elected them to do and that is to look out for our interests. Maybe we could get Rush or Ann Coulter to front for this new party and kick out both the Repulsicans and Democraps so we could get this country pointed back in the right direction.

  10. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I work with a lot of Obama supporters/worshipers, whatever. I’ve kept my mouth shut for some time now but every day I feel my conservative nature slowly boiling to the top. My shift supervisor speaks glowingly of The One.
    I wonder how he and my fellow associates will react when my conservative nature is finally revealed? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid to stand up for conservative principles in the work place. It’s just that I inwardly smile when I hear all these praises of Obama and think to myself that no words I speak will resonate as loudly as the shock of reality when my fellow associates come to see Obama for who he really is, and the precious freedoms they’re about to lose.
    For years we’ve always heard people from the left say that they don’t want anyone telling them what to do. But they do. They want someone else to make the bad calls so that when it all falls apart they can pass the buck and say it wasn’t their doing.
    This stimulus package was a bad call from the start. Where is all this money coming from? Out of thin air of course. The democratic congress is doing nothing more than maxing out its credit card and then getting another one with a higher balance to pay off the other one. One day the ants are going to rise up and tell the grasshoppers that they’re not bailing them out anymore.
    Maybe we should ask congress for our own plates and printing presses to mint our own money. And when they tell us you can’t make your own money, that’s illegal we’ll tell them why not? You sure as hell don’t mind cranking out tons of money with nothing to back it up.

  11. BigBad says:

    if the stimulus passed in congress with zero republican votes and only needs TWO republican votes in the senate…..then why is Obama campaigning? Is it so he can spread the blame around?…..Think about it if you REALLY thought it would work then you shouldn’t want republican support. Then you can take ALL The credit and win elections for a long time. They know damn well it wont work.

    • Confucius says:

      I’ve been asking myself that same question. He had the necessary number of votes even before the bill left his desk.

      So why is he neurotically perseverating on this bill?

      The only answer I can think of is Obama is a pathologic narcissist. No matter what he does (or its outcome), it only matters to him that he is perceived as great.

      This bill is his first real test of greatness, and he’s shocked that it wasn’t received with thunderous applause, if not unanimous approval. To him, this means he’s not as great as he thought he is; this is likely something he never before encountered.

      It would explain his jarring behavior this past week. It would also explain his need to continue selling the bill even though it’s pretty much a done deal.

      In addition, it would explain his bizarre obsession with Mr. Limbaugh and Hannity. And finally, it would explain why he continues to remind everyone “I won.”

      If Obama doesn’t grow up soon and learn some humility, I think he’ll crack up and crack up badly.

  12. Smart Power says:

    “Ruin Your Health with The Obama Plan”. It’s in the Stimulous – Seniors denied care!
    Read this for an eye opener.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs
    Rush was reading the article online today.

    • sheehanjihad says:

      Daschle is as clueless about health care as he is about taxes. What he means to do is to pare down the boomer generation to extend the bankruptcy of the SS system that he and his fellow socialist democrats plundered.

      What he doesnt know and probably wont until it’s too late, yeah genius, give an old bastard like me or 1st an excuse to not need any health care after we are done with everyone who started this crap. Go ahead, you loser scofflaw, make my freakin day.

      Then, there are those who will not be so happy that your bill encouraged doctors to let their moms and dads die instead of spending the money to care for them. Then, there are the ones who will really resent being tasked with caring for two elderly medically needy parents on the socialist base salary your boss is going to level.

      Keep it up you ignorant jerks! There are few straws left and the camel’s back is bending now! (no, not the camel the democrats keep in their tent while we sleep outside, that’s another foul up altogether) Ho boy. Are these idiots in for a rude awakening! Especially when aging boomers know they are being abandoned by the socialist democrat party….they really wont care what happens to them, will they?

      Now, a “senior” could always commit some horrible crime…no, not like forgetting to record carbon footprint charts, or not reporting on time to the local “community organizer” for a work assignment….I am talking about taking out the organizer permanently.

      Then, the state will put them in prison, and they will receive mandatory health care, three hots and a cot, and there will be no more racial problems or criminals anyway, since the quota system will free most, and lax drug laws will free the rest. Yeah, Daschle, you are as much of a twit as your accountant said you are.

    • JohnMG says:

      SJ are you saying there are degrees of stupid?

      Clueless is, therefore Daschel lives!

  13. cjokry says:

    I love how the pollsters just keep adjusting the questions until they get some answers they like. That’s classic. The mark of a seasoned liar. The deception, at this level, starts to take on the depth and quality of art. To think, most liberals have no idea how much soul goes into promulgating their values; they think the media is neutral!

  14. VMAN says:

    Why don’t they ask questions like do you think suspending all taxes would stimulate the economy or do you think huge bloated governmental programs would stimulate the economy or is it bipartisan when Democrats and Republicans vote against the stimulus package?

  15. Liberals Demise says:

    GAWD….I really miss the WOMANIZER Clinton!! ( Bill,too!!}

  16. TickTock says:

    I doubt we’ll have to wait long for Obamy to be caught in the clenches. After all, according some rags American Women, and some men, are dreaming of having relations with him.

    You can’t make this stuff up…

  17. brad says:

    Remember, Obama said, “I won the election, Republicans didn’t.”

    So, the junior Senator believes there is now a dictatorship? Um, someone tell him that the 48% that didn’t vote for him, still have a voice, and still demand representation.

    Thank you.


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