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CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 1-5, 2009. N=998 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"The national debt is the total amount of money the government owes individuals, banks and other countries. How concerned are you that increasing the national debt will create hardships for future generations of Americans: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Very
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

63

28

4

4

1

2/18-22/09

65

26

7

2

-

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"Which comes closer to your view? The federal government should spend money to stimulate the national economy, even if it means increasing the budget deficit and the national debt. OR, The federal government should not spend money to stimulate the national economy and should focus instead on reducing the budget deficit and the national debt."

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Spend
Money
Not Spend
Money
Unsure

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

45

46

9

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"Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In order to fix the problems of the U.S. economy, the United States first needs to work with other countries to fix the problems facing the global economy."

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Agree Disagree Unsure

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

60

37

3

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"In general, which best describes your feelings about the Obama Administration's approach to addressing the nation's economic problems: enthusiastic, OR satisfied but not enthusiastic, OR dissatisfied but not angry, OR angry?"

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Enthusiastic Satisfied Dissatisfied Angry Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

28

40

22

9

1

.

"Do you think Barack Obama cares more about protecting the interests of ordinary working people or cares more about protecting the interests of large corporations?"

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Ordinary
People
Large
Corporations
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

71

17

3

3

6

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"How much have you heard or read about Barack Obama's proposed budget plan: a lot, some, not much so far, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Nothing Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

29

42

21

7

1

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Asked of those who have heard/read about plan:
"From what you've seen or heard, do you think Barack Obama's budget plan has the right priorities for the country, or not?"

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Has Right
Priorities
Doesn't Have
 Right Priorities
Unsure

.

%

%

%

.

4/1-5/09

56

32

12

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"Do you think the new taxes proposed in the Obama Administration's budget will help the economy, hurt the economy, have no effect on the economy, or haven't you heard enough about the proposed taxes to say?"

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Help Hurt No Effect Haven't Heard Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

32

21

7

37

3

.

"Do you think the spending proposed in the Obama Administration's budget will help the economy, hurt the economy, have no effect on the economy, or haven't you heard enough about the proposed spending to say?"

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Help Hurt No Effect Haven't Heard Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

37

23

5

29

6

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"The Obama Administration has proposed increasing federal income taxes for households making more than $250,000 a year. Some of the money raised by these new taxes would be used to help improve access to healthcare and provide tax cuts for households making less money. Do you think this proposal is a good idea or a bad idea?"

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Good Idea Bad Idea Unsure

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

74

23

3

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"Do you think the tax code should be changed so that middle and lower income people pay less in taxes than they do now and upper income people pay more in taxes than they do now, or don't you think the tax code should be changed?"

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Should
Be Changed
Should Not
Be Changed
Unsure

%

%

%

4/1-5/09

65

29

6


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. April 1-2, 2009. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"How confident are you that Barack Obama will be able to turn around the economy? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

4/1-2/09

25

39

15

16

5

3/4-5/09

25

40

16

17

2

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"Is it your impression that Republicans who have opposed Barack Obama's economic proposals have a plan of their own for turning the economy around, or not?"

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Have a Plan Do Not Unsure

%

%

%

4/1-2/09

29

58

13

3/4-5/09

31

58

11


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 27-29, 2009. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about the way the federal government has responded to the financial crisis in recent months, generally speaking, do you approve or disapprove of the expansion of the government's role in the economy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure

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%

%

%

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3/27-29/09

53

44

2

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"Do you think President Obama's proposals to address the economic problems in the country call for too much government spending, the right amount, or not enough spending?" N=532 (Form A), MoE ± 5

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Too Much Right Amount Not Enough Unsure

%

%

%

%

3/27-29/09

55

33

9

3

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"Do you think President Obama's proposals to address the economic problems in the country call for too big an expansion of government power, the right amount, or not a big enough expansion of government power?" N=475 (Form B), MoE ± 5

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Too Big Right Amount Not Big
Enough
Unsure

%

%

%

%

3/27-29/09

40

46

10

4


 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by FD. March 26-29, 2009. N=800 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"Now, I'd like to ask your opinions on public figures and organizations in the news. I'd like to read you a list of various national public figures, and for each one, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of them. If you haven't heard of them, just tell me and we'll move on. U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner."

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Favorable Unfavorable Heard of/
Can't Rate (vol.)
Haven't
Heard of
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

3/26-29/09

37

30

19

11

3

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"And, when thinking about how President Obama and his team of economic advisors are handling the economy, how confident are you that they will be successful in turning around the economy: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?" Options rotated. N=396, MoE ± 4.9 (Form A).

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

3/26-29/09

20

41

18

18

2

.

"And, when thinking about how Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is handling the economy, how confident are you that he will be successful in turning around the economy: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?" Options rotated. N=404, MoE ± 4.9 (Form B).

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

3/26-29/09

11

40

19

20

11

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"Now I would like to switch gears for a few minutes and ask you several questions related to the economy. First, how closely have you been paying attention to and reading about the details of the various economic plans being discussed in Washington: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all closely?" Options rotated

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All
Closely

%

%

%

%

3/26-29/09

25

51

18

7

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"I would like to read you two statements about government involvement in the economy and ask you which statement comes closer to your own opinion, in general: More government involvement in the economy is a GOOD IDEA because given the economic crisis, the private sector is unable to stimulate the economy and create jobs, and it is necessary for government to step in and fund programs to get the economy back on track. More government involvement in the economy is a BAD IDEA because there is too much risk that short-term stimulus programs will turn into long-term entitlement programs and efforts to regulate the economy will make the private sector inefficient and hurt the economy in the long run." Options rotated

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Good Idea Bad Idea Unsure

%

%

%

3/26-29/09

49

45

7

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"Again, thinking ahead to the 2010 elections for Congress, which of the following two statements comes closer to your opinion? I would be more likely to vote for the candidate who SUPPORTED the stimulus bill. I would be more likely to vote for the candidate who OPPOSED the stimulus bill."

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Candidate Who
Supported
Candidate Who
Opposed
Neither/Doesn't
Matter (vol.)
Unsure Refused

%

%

%

%

%

3/26-29/09

48

36

6

11

1


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 26-29, 2009. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the federal government's overall response to the economic situation?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure

%

%

%

3/26-29/09

49

48

3

12/11-14/08

23

72

4

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"How much blame do you think [see below] deserve(s) for the country's economic situation: a great deal, a good amount, only some or hardly any?"

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A Great
Deal
A Good
Amount
Only Some Hardly Any None (vol.)

%

%

%

%

%

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"Banks and other financial institutions, for taking unnecessary risks"

3/26-29/09

56

24

15

4

-

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"Large business corporations, for poor management decisions"

3/26-29/09

57

23

14

5

1

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"Consumers, for taking on too much debt"

3/26-29/09

39

33

20

7

-

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"Would you describe yourself as angry or not angry about the role [see below] have/has played in the economic situation?"

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Angry Not Angry Unsure

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%

%

%

.

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"Banks and other financial institutions"

3/26-29/09

68

31

1

.

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"The Bush administration"

3/26-29/09

60

39

2

.

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"Large business corporations"

3/26-29/09

68

31

1

.

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"Consumers"

3/26-29/09

41

56

2

.

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"The Obama administration"

3/26-29/09

21

77

2

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"Which of these do you think is more important right now: increasing federal spending to try to improve the economy, even if it sharply increases the federal budget deficit; or avoiding a big increase in the federal budget deficit, even if it means not increasing federal spending to try to improve the economy?" Options rotated

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Increase
Spending
Avoid Big
Deficit
Unsure

.

%

%

%

.

3/26-29/09

49

47

5

.

1/13-16/09

51

44

4

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Gallup Poll. March 25, 2009. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"How closely have you been following the news about Barack Obama's proposed 10-year federal budget plan: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"
2/27-28/09: "How closely have you been following the news about the 10-year federal budget plan announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

3/25/09

28

43

19

9

2

2/27-28/09

25

42

20

12

1

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"From what you know or have heard about Barack Obama's budget plan, is your impression of it generally positive or generally negative, or don’t you know enough to say?"
2/27-28/09: "From what you know or have heard about Barack Obama's budget plan, is your FIRST impression of it generally positive or generally negative, or don't you know enough to say?"

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Positive Negative Don't Know
Enough
Unsure

%

%

%

%

3/25/09

39

27

33

1

2/27-28/09

44

26

30

1


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 12-15, 2009. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"If the economy does not improve over the next 12 months, whose policies would you blame for that: the policies of George W. Bush and the Republicans, or the policies of Barack Obama and the Democrats?"

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Bush and
Republicans
Obama and
Democrats
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

3/12-15/09

54

32

9

4

1

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"As you may know, Congress passed and President Obama has signed a bill that will attempt to stimulate the economy by increasing federal government spending and cutting taxes at a total cost to the government of about eight hundred billion dollars. Based on what you have read or heard about this, do you favor or oppose that bill?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

3/12-15/09

54

44

2

2/18-19/09

60

39

1

.

"Some of the money in that bill is meant to go to the state governments in all 50 states, but some governors have said that they will refuse to take that money from the federal government. Do you think the governors who refuse the money in the stimulus bill that is meant for their state are acting appropriately or inappropriately?"

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Appropriately Inappropriately Unsure

%

%

%

3/12-15/09

47

52

2

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"Do you think that bill will or will not result in a significant improvement in the nation's economy?"

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Will Will Not Unsure

%

%

%

3/12-15/09

52

47

1

2/18-19/09

53

44

2

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"If that bill does not improve economic conditions, would you favor or oppose another bill that would increase government spending even further in an attempt to stimulate the economy?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

3/12-15/09

32

66

3

.

"Would you favor or oppose a proposal for the federal government to spend several billion dollars to help other countries whose economies are in danger of collapsing?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

3/12-15/09

17

81

1


 

Gallup Poll. March 5-8, 2009. N=500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 5.

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"Who do you trust more to solve the United States' economic problems: the U.S. government or U.S. businesses?" Options rotated

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U.S.
Government
U.S.
Businesses
Unsure

%

%

%

3/5-8/09

53

42

5


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 4-5, 2009. N=1,203 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"Which ONE of the following three statements best describes your opinion of the 800 billion dollar stimulus package recently signed into law by the President? It's the right amount of government spending to help turn the economy around. OR, It's a good start, but more spending will be needed for it to be effective. OR, It won't work and government should NOT be spending money for economic stimulus."

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The Right
Amount
A Good
Start
Shouldn't
Spend for
Stimulus
Unsure

%

%

%

%

3/4-5/09

15

40

37

8

.

"Do you favor or oppose allowing the tax cuts for Americans with annual incomes over $250,000 to expire at the end of next year?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

3/4-5/09

49

42

9


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Feb. 26-March 1, 2009. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"I would like to read you several goals that Barack Obama has said he plans to accomplish. For each one, please tell me how likely you think it is that he will achieve it during his term as president. Is it very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely that he will [see below]?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

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"Get the economy back on track"

2/26 - 3/1/09

25

41

14

18

2

.

"Reduce taxes for the middle class" Half sample (Form B), MoE ± 4.4

2/26 - 3/1/09

31

34

15

17

3

.

"Create and save three-and-a-half million jobs"

2/26 - 3/1/09

21

41

16

19

3

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"Eliminate waste and fraud in the federal budget" Half sample (Form A), MoE ± 4.4

2/26 - 3/1/09

18

31

17

32

2

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"Cut the federal deficit in half by the end of his first term"

2/26 - 3/1/09

9

24

21

43

3

.

"Let me read you a couple of programs that are being discussed right now. For each one please tell me whether you tend to support this program or tend to oppose this program. President Obama's economic stimulus package." Half sample (Form A), MoE ± 4.4

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Support Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

2/26 - 3/1/09

57

34

9

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"Let me read you a couple of programs that are being discussed right now. For each one please tell me whether you tend to support this program or tend to oppose this program. The economic stimulus package?" Half sample (Form B), MoE ± 4.4

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Support Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

2/26 - 3/1/09

57

34

9

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"And thinking about the next twelve months, how much do you think the economic stimulus package will help the American economy: a great deal, quite a bit, only a little, or not at all?" Half sample (Form A), MoE ± 4.4

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A Great Deal Quite a Bit Only a Little Not at All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/26 - 3/1/09

8

23

51

15

3

.

"And thinking about the next two to four years, how much do you think the economic stimulus package will help the American economy: a great deal, quite a bit, only a little, or not at all?" Half sample (Form B), MoE ± 4.4

.

A Great Deal Quite a Bit Only a Little Not at All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/26 - 3/1/09

12

25

47

12

4

.

"Which of the following concerns you more -- that the federal government will spend too MUCH money to try to boost the economy and as a result will drive up the budget deficit, OR, that the federal government will spend too LITTLE money to try to boost the economy and as a result the recession will be longer?"

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Spend Too
Much
Spend Too
Little
Unsure

%

%

%

2/26 - 3/1/09

61

29

10

1/9-12/09

60

33

7

12/5-8/08

56

36

8

.

"Which party do you think could do a better job of getting the country out of a recession: the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?" Half sample (Form A), MoE ± 4.4

.

Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/26 - 3/1/09

48

20

8

16

8

12/90

33

33

7

17

10

10/90

31

36

6

13

14


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 20-22, 2009. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, the federal government has taken many steps to deal with problems in the economy in recent months. Please tell me whether, in general, you favor or oppose the government doing each of the following. How about [see below]?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

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"Funding new government programs to help create jobs"

2/20-22/09

83

17

1

.

"Giving aid to state governments in serious financial trouble"

2/20-22/09

67

30

3

.

"Giving aid to homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure"

2/20-22/09

64

33

3

.

"Giving aid to U.S. automakers who are in danger of going bankrupt"

2/20-22/09

41

58

1

.

"Giving aid to U.S. banks and financial companies in danger of failing"

2/20-22/09

39

59

2

.

"Regardless of whether you favor or oppose the steps the government has taken in recent months to address economic problems, how worried are you about each of the following: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all? How about [see below]?"

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Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not at All
Worried
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

.

"The amount of money being added to the federal debt"

2/20-22/09

54

28

11

5

1

.

"The possibility these steps might not work and the economy will get worse"

2/20-22/09

46

37

11

6

1

.

"The possibility that increased government borrowing could produce inflation"

2/20-22/09

43

35

14

6

2

.

"The increasing role of the government in the U.S. economy"

2/20-22/09

34

35

19

10

2

.

"Regardless of whether you favor or oppose the economic stimulus bill that Congress passed, do you think it would have been better for the government to spend more money to stimulate the economy, better for the government to spend less money, or is the amount of spending in the bill about right?"

.

Better to
Spend More
Better to
Spend Less
About Right Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/20-22/09

14

41

40

4

.

"In thinking about the trade-offs between spending government money to improve the economy versus adding considerable amounts of money to the federal debt, which do you think is the greater risk: spending too little to improve the economy or adding too much to the federal debt?" Options rotated

.

Spending
Too Little
Adding Too
Much to Debt
About Right

%

%

%

2/20-22/09

37

59

4


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 19-22, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, the federal government will spend about 800 billion dollars on tax cuts, construction projects and aid to states and individuals to try to stimulate the economy. Do you support or oppose this plan?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

64

35

1

.

"How confident are you that this economic stimulus plan will make the current economic downturn less severe than it would be otherwise: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?"

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not So
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

13

45

19

22

1

.

"Do you think the economic stimulus plan will help or hurt the local economy in your area?"

.

Help Hurt No Change
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

62

25

10

3

.

"Do you think the economic stimulus plan will help or hurt your own personal financial situation?"

.

Help Hurt No Change
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

46

26

25

3

.

"In terms of tax cuts, do you think the stimulus package goes too far, does not go far enough, or is it about right?"

.

Too Far Not Far
Enough
About Right Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

15

33

46

6

.

"In terms of spending on construction projects and aid to states and individuals, do you think the stimulus package goes too far, does not go far enough, or is it about right?"

.

Too Far Not Far
Enough
About Right Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

24

24

46

6

.

"Do you think this plan will be enough to improve the economy, or do you think more economic stimulus by the government will be needed?"

.

Will Be
Enough
More Will
Be Needed
Will Make
Worse (vol.)
Will Not Do
Anything (vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

20

63

6

3

8

.

"How confident are you that the federal government will put in place adequate controls to avoid waste and fraud in the use of federal money in the economic recovery effort? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?"

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not So
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

8

37

22

30

2

.

"How concerned, if at all, are you about the size of the federal budget deficit: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not concerned at all?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/19-22/09

59

28

9

3

1

12/11-14/08

49

37

9

5

-


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 18-22, 2009. N=1,112 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How long do you think it will take the Obama Administration to make real progress on fixing the nation's economy: one year, two years, three to four years, more than four years, or won't they be able to?"

.

One Year Two Years Three to
Four Years
More Than
Four Years
Won't Be
Able To

%

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

16

30

29

11

12

.

"Congress passed and President Obama signed a stimulus package designed to get the economy moving again. How much have you heard or read about the stimulus package: a lot, some, not much or nothing at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Nothing Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

40

40

15

4

1

.

"From what you know, what impact will the stimulus package have on the current economic crisis? Will it make things better, make things worse, or will it have no impact?"

.

Better Worse No Impact Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

53

13

24

10

.

"In general, the stimulus package provides tax cuts for individuals and businesses, extends unemployment benefits and tries to create jobs by spending money on technology and infrastructure programs like building highways. From what you know, do you think the package is large enough to stimulate the economy or will more money be needed in the months ahead to stimulate the economy?"

.

Large
Enough
More Money
Will Be
Needed
No Amount
Will Stimulate
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

18

69

4

9

.

"From what you know so far, do you think the economic stimulus package will create a substantial number of new jobs, or won't it create a substantial number of new jobs, or don't you know enough yet to say?"

.

Will Won't Don't Know
Enough
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

32

28

38

2

.

"From what you know so far, what do you think about the number of tax cuts for businesses and individuals included in the economic stimulus package? Are there too many tax cuts, too few tax cuts, about the right amount of tax cuts, or don't you know enough yet to say?"

.

Too Many Too Few Right Amount Don't Know
Enough
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

9

20

17

51

3

.

"From what you know so far, what do you think about the government spending on technology and infrastructure projects included in the economic stimulus package? Is there too much spending on technology and infrastructure projects, too little spending on technology and infrastructure projects, about the right amount of spending on technology and infrastructure projects, or don't you know enough yet to say?"

.

Too Much Too Little Right Amount Don't Know
Enough
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

18

16

25

39

2

.

"Do you think the economic stimulus bill recently passed by Congress and signed by the President will shorten the length of the current recession, or not?" If yes: "Will the economic stimulus bill shorten the recession significantly, or not?"

.

Will Shorten:
Significantly
Will Shorten:
Not Significantly
Will Not
Shorten
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

19

17

50

14

.

"In your opinion, which will do MORE to protect or create jobs: increased government spending on infrastructure, health care, education and other fields, OR tax cuts that would put more money in the hands of individuals and businesses?"

.

Increased
Government
Spending
Tax Cuts Both (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

41

50

3

6

.

"Most Republican members of Congress opposed the stimulus package. Do you think they opposed it mostly because they thought it would be bad for the economy or mostly for political reasons?"

.

Thought It
Would be Bad
For Political
Reasons
Unsure

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

29

63

8

.

"Would you say right now that you are more concerned about dealing with the current economic crisis or more concerned about increasing the national debt?"

.

Economic
Crisis
National
Debt
Unsure

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

74

20

6

.

"If you receive money from a tax cut, will you spend it, or use it to pay bills, save it, or invest it?"

.

Spend It Pay Bills Save It Invest It Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/18-22/09

19

45

26

6

3


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 18-19, 2009. N=1,046 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not confident at all that each of the following groups will make the right decisions to help the country overcome its current economic problems? . . ."

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Very
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

.

"The Obama administration"

2/18-19/09

40

35

11

14

-

.

"Democrats in Congress"

2/18-19/09

19

47

15

19

-

.

"Labor union leaders"

2/18-19/09

11

37

24

27

1

.

"Republicans in Congress"

2/18-19/09

9

44

26

21

-

.

"Bankers and executives at other financial institutions"

2/18-19/09

5

23

37

35

-

.

"Auto company executives"

2/18-19/09

5

21

38

36

1

.

"Wall street investors"

2/18-19/09

4

26

33

36

1

.

"Regardless of how you feel about the bill itself, how do you feel about the fact that this bill was passed by Congress within the first month of Obama's presidency? Do you consider the passage of this bill to be a major victory for Obama, a minor accomplishment for Obama, or not a positive achievement at all?"

.

Major
Victory
Minor
Accomplish-
ment
Not a Positive
Achievement
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/18-19/09

49

28

22

1

.

"Do you think that bill will or will not result in a significant improvement in your own personal financial situation?"

.

Will Will Not Unsure

%

%

%

2/18-19/09

31

67

2


 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Feb. 12-17, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"People have suggested various ways that the government could act to try to fix the economy. How much do you think each of the following would help fix the country's economic problems: a great deal, some, only a little, or no help at all? . . ."

.

A Great Deal Some Only a Little No Help at All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

"Cutting taxes"

2/12-17/09

36

37

15

10

3

1/9-14/09

31

42

16

9

1

.

"Putting more money into the hands of poor people"

2/12-17/09

30

32

18

19

1

1/9-14/09

21

35

22

20

2

.

"Increasing spending on domestic programs, like health care, education and housing"

2/12-17/09

43

32

12

11

1

1/9-14/09

37

36

13

14

1

.

"Pulling out of Iraq"

2/12-17/09

41

25

12

19

4

1/9-14/09

41

28

14

15

2

.

"Increasing spending on infrastructure, like highways and public buildings"

2/12-17/09

34

34

17

13

1

1/9-14/09

33

36

17

12

2

.

"Do you favor or oppose the new economic stimulus package of nearly $800 billion in government spending and tax cuts?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

2/12-17/09

52

41

7

.

"How confident are you that such a stimulus package would work to bring about significant improvements in the U.S. economy? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/12-17/09

12

43

21

24

1

.

"Overall, please tell me whether you approve, disapprove, or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy." If neither: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?"

.

Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/12-17/09

68

27

3

3


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 10, 2009. N=1,021 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, Congress is considering a new economic stimulus package of at least 800 billion dollars. Do you favor or oppose Congress passing this legislation?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

2/10/09

59

33

8

2/4/09

52

38

10

1/27/09

52

37

11


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 7-8, 2009. N=806 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"As you may know, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would attempt to stimulate the economy by increasing federal government spending and cutting taxes at a total cost to the government of about eight hundred billion dollars. Based on what you have read or heard about this, do you favor or oppose the bill that the Senate is expected to vote on?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

2/7-8/09

54

45

1

.

"If the Senate bill becomes law, do you think that would help the economy a lot, some, not much, or not at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Not at All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/7-8/09

16

48

20

16

1

.

"Thinking about both the tax cuts and new government programs in the Senate bill, do you think that bill will result in the government spending too much money, not enough money, or about the right amount of money?"

.

Too Much Not Enough About Right Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/7-8/09

55

13

30

1


 

Pew Research Center poll. Feb. 4-8, 2009. N=1,303 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How much, if anything, have you heard about the economic stimulus plan being proposed by President Obama that may cost about $800 billion: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

.

A Lot A Little Nothing Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/4-8/09

46

45

7

2

.

Asked of those who have heard a lot or a little, N=1,203:
"From what you've read and heard, do you think this plan is a good idea or a bad idea?"

.

Good Idea Bad Idea Unsure

%

%

%

2/4-8/09

51

34

15

.

"What do you think will do more right now to stimulate the economy and create jobs: tax cuts to individuals and businesses, or spending on programs and infrastructure projects?" Options rotated

.

Tax Cuts Spending Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/4-8/09

48

39

4

9

.

"There has been some discussion about whether or not the stimulus plan should require that spending be limited to American made products and services. Which comes closer to your view on such a requirement? It's a good idea because it keeps jobs in America. OR, It's a bad idea because other countries might retaliate by not buying American products and services."

.

Good Idea Bad Idea Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/4-8/09

66

24

2

2

6


 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 6-7, 2009. N=1,018 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following has handled the government's efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill? How about [see below]?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure

%

%

%

.

"President Barack Obama"

2/6-7/09

67

25

8

.

"The Democrats in Congress"

2/6-7/09

48

42

10

.

"The Republicans in Congress"

2/6-7/09

31

58

11

.

"In terms of improving the economy, how important do you think it is that the government pass an economic stimulus plan: critically important, important but not critical, or not that important?"

.

Critically
Important
Important,
Not Critical
Not That
Important
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/7-8/09

51

29

16

4


 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 2-4, 2009. N=864 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"In your opinion which will do more to get the U.S. out of the current recession: increasing government spending, or reducing taxes on business?" N=447 (Form A)

.

Increasing
Government
Spending
Reducing
Taxes on
Business
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/2-4/09

22

59

4

7

8

.

"In your opinion which will do more to get the U.S. out of the current recession: increasing government spending, or reducing taxes?" N=417 (Form B)

.

Increasing
Government
Spending
Reducing
Taxes
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/2-4/09

16

62

7

7

8

.

"How closely have you been following news about the economic stimulus bill being negotiated by the president and Congress? Have you been following that very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

.

Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/2-4/09

28

46

20

4

2

.

"Would you approve or disapprove of the federal government passing an economic stimulus bill costing more than 800 billion dollars in order to try to help the economy?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure

%

%

%

2/2-4/09

51

39

10

.

"In response to the current economic crisis, do you think Congress is moving too fast, moving too slowly, or moving at about the right pace?"

.

Too Fast Too Slowly About Right Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/2-4/09

16

38

39

7

.

"Do you think the economic bill being negotiated by the President and Congress will shorten the length of the current recession, or not?" If "will shorten": "Will the economic stimulus bill shorten the recession significantly, or not significantly?"

.

Will Shorten:
Significantly
Will Shorten:
Not
Significantly
Will Not
Shorten
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/2-4/09

21

18

45

16

.

"Do you think it is important for the economic stimulus bill to have the support of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, or do think it is okay for the Democrats to pass the economic stimulus bill without getting Republican support?"

.

Bipartisan
Support
Important
Bipartisan
Support Not
Important
Shouldn't
Pass Bill (vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/2-4/09

81

13

3

3


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 4, 2009. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Would you favor or oppose Congress passing a smaller economic stimulus package that would cut the size by up to 200 billion dollars?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

2/4/09

48

41

11


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2009. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How closely have you been following the news about new economic stimulus proposals announced by President Obama and considered by Congress this past week: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

.

Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All

%

%

%

%

1/30 - 2/1/09

31

46

16

7

.

"Do you think Congress should pass Obama's economic stimulus plan basically as Barack Obama has proposed it, pass it but only after making major changes, or reject this plan?"

.

Pass as
Proposed
Pass After
Major Changes
Reject Unsure

%

%

%

%

1/30 - 2/1/09

38

37

17

8

.

"How do you think Obama's economic stimulus plan would affect you and your family's financial situation -- would it make it a lot better, make it a little better, not affect it, or make it worse?" Options rotated

.

Make a
Lot Better
Make a
Little Better
Not Affect Make It
Worse
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/30 - 2/1/09

12

32

41

12

3

.

"How do you think Obama's economic stimulus plan would affect the nation's economy -- would it make it a lot better, make it a little better, not affect it, or make it worse?" Options rotated

.

Make a
Lot Better
Make a
Little Better
Not Affect Make It
Worse
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/30 - 2/1/09

17

47

15

17

4

.

Asked of those who think the plan will make the economy better, N=641, MoE ± 4:

"Do you think Obama's economic stimulus plan would improve the nation's economy this year, or would it take longer than that?"

.

This Year Longer

%

%

1/30 - 2/1/09

15

85

.

"Regardless of whether you favor or oppose Obama's economic stimulus plan, how concerned are you that it would not stimulate the economy quickly enough: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not at All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/30 - 2/1/09

39

39

14

6

2


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 27-28, 2009. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"All in all, do you think Barack Obama's proposed 825 billion dollar economic recovery plan will help or hurt the nation's economy, or will it not make much of a difference?"

.

Help Hurt Not Much
Difference
Unsure

%

%

%

%

1/27-28/09

45

18

29

8

.

"Many different ideas are being considered for how best to stimulate the economy. Do you think the economic stimulus plan should focus mainly on using taxpayer dollars to increase government spending on new programs and infrastructure projects or mainly on cutting taxes for businesses and individuals?"

.

Government
Spending
Tax Cuts Both (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

1/27-28/09

29

50

14

6


 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by FD. Jan. 21-24, 2009. N=800 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"In general, do you support or oppose Congress and the President passing an $825 billion economic stimulus plan to jumpstart the economy, even if it means increasing the federal deficit in order to do so?" N=401, MoE ± 4.9 (Form A)

.

Support Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

1/21-24/09

54

34

13

.

"As proposed, the $825 billion economic stimulus plan would include $550 billion in new spending for alternative energy technology, roads and bridges, state governments and local school districts, and increasing benefits for the unemployed. The remaining part of the stimulus package contains $275 billion in tax cuts and credits for individuals and for business to help generate more jobs. In general, do you support or oppose Congress and the President passing this $825 billion economic stimulus plan to jumpstart the economy, even if it means increasing the federal deficit in order to do so?" N=399, MoE ± 4.9 (Form B)

.

Support Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

1/21-24/09

66

27

6

.

"If you HAD to choose, which ONE of the following parts of the proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan do you think is the MOST important? Tax cuts for businesses to create jobs. Spending on state governments and local school districts. Spending on alternative energy technology. Tax cuts for individuals. Spending on roads and bridges. Increasing benefits for the unemployed." Options rotated

.

%

.

Tax cuts for businesses

27

.

Spending on state governments, schools

17

.

Spending on alternative energy

15

.

Tax cuts for individuals

14

.

Spending on roads and bridges

11

.

Increasing benefits for the unemployed

10

.

None of the above/Don't Support it

2

.

Unsure

5

.

.

"Assuming, for a moment, that this stimulus package is passed by Congress and the President and becomes law, how confident are you that THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT AND MANAGED WISELY: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?" Options rotated. N=401, MoE ± 4.9 (Form A).

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/21-24/09

14

43

22

19

2

.

"Assuming, for a moment, that this stimulus package is passed by Congress and the President and becomes law, how confident are you that THE STIMULUS PACKAGE WILL BE EFFECTIVE IN TURNING AROUND THE ECONOMY: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?" Options rotated. N=399, MoE ± 4.9 (Form B)

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/21-24/09

12

53

19

14

3

.

"Now, I want to read you two statements about government involvement in the economy and ask you which statement comes closer to your own opinion.

"More government involvement in the economy is a GOOD IDEA because given the economic crisis, the private sector is unable to stimulate the economy and create jobs, and it is necessary for government to step in and fund programs to get the economy back on track.

"More government involvement in the economy is a BAD IDEA because there is too much risk that short-term stimulus programs will turn into long-term entitlement programs and efforts to regulate the economy will make the private sector inefficient and hurt the economy in the long run."
Options rotated

.

Good Idea Bad Idea Unsure

%

%

%

1/21-24/09

55

37

8


 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Jan. 15-18, 2009. N=979 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Thinking about the U.S. economy, do you believe the incoming Obama administration can improve economic conditions in this country, or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

65

26

9

.

"If you had to choose, who do you trust most to improve the economy: President-elect Obama, the private sector, or Congress?"

.

Obama Private Sector Congress Unsure

%

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

44

28

16

11

.

"Do you think that an economic stimulus package is necessary to improve the current state of the economy, or not?"

.

Necessary Not
Necessary
Unsure

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

62

32

6

.

"With the current stimulus package being considered, the total cost of the economic stimulus could total one trillion dollars. Is spending this amount of money definitely necessary, probably necessary, probably not necessary, or definitely not necessary?"

.

Definitely
Necessary
Probably
Necessary
Probably Not
Necessary
Definitely Not
Necessary
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

18

37

20

21

4

.

"How confident are you that the following elements of the proposed economic stimulus package will improve the U.S. economy? What about . . . ?"

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Very
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

"Tax cuts for workers"

1/15-18/09

29

42

14

13

3

.

"Tax cuts for businesses"

1/15-18/09

23

41

17

16

3

.

"Infrastructure improvements, such as repairing and building roads"

1/15-18/09

33

39

15

11

2

.

"Aid to state and local governments"

1/15-18/09

17

45

18

16

3

.

"One of the elements of the proposed economic stimulus plan is a broad tax cut for the middle class. If a tax cut resulted in an increase to your weekly take-home pay of $20, what would you most likely do with that money? Pay existing bills. Add to your savings. Spend it on something you otherwise wouldn't spend money on, like going to a restaurant. Spend it on a planned purchase."

.

Pay Bills Add to Savings Restaurant, etc. Planned Purchase Other (vol.)

%

%

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

49

29

10

8

4

.

"Which of the following would have the greatest positive effect on your confidence in the U.S. economy? Seeing improvement in your personal financial situation, such as increased ability to save. Seeing sustained gains in the stock market. Seeing infrastructure projects like road repairs start in your community. Seeing President Obama sign a stimulus bill."

.

Improvement
In Personal
Finances
Sustained
Gains in
Stock Market
Infrastructure
Projects
Signing of
Stimulus Bill
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

34

25

19

15

7

.

"How quickly do you WANT to see results from an economic stimulus package? Would you say . . . ?" N=496

.

Within a Month Within 6 Months Within a Year Longer Than
a Year
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

15

41

22

20

3

.

"How quickly do you EXPECT to see results from an economic stimulus package? Would you say . . . ?" N=483

.

Within a Month Within 6 Months Within a Year Longer Than
a Year
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

4

23

26

45

2

.

"Thinking about the economic stimulus, some people say that Congress should carefully consider the issue through hearings and debate before acting, while others say that Congress should act as quickly as possible. Which of these comes closest to your own opinion?"

.

Carefully
Consider
Act as Quickly
as Possible
Unsure

%

%

%

1/15-18/09

56

41

3


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 12-15, 2009. N=1,245 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Would you favor or oppose a proposal to attempt to stimulate the economy by increasing federal government spending on construction projects and economic assistance to some Americans by about eight hundred billion dollars?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

1/12-15/09

58

40

1

12/19-21/08

56

42

2

.

"And if that economic stimulus plan also included tax cuts for individuals and businesses, would you favor or oppose that proposal?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

1/12-15/09

71

28

1


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 9-12, 2009. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Do you think that the recently proposed economic stimulus legislation is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."

.

Good Idea Bad Idea No Opinion Unsure

%

%

%

%

1/9-12/09

43

27

24

6

.

"Thinking about the economic stimulus legislation, which is a more important priority? Tax cuts that will allow people to spend more. Government spending that will help create jobs."

.

Tax Cuts Spending Unsure

%

%

%

1/9-12/09

33

63

4

.

"When it comes to the economic stimulus plan proposed by the Obama administration, which of these two statements comes closer to your point of view? The economic stimulus plan is a good idea because it will help make the recession shorter, get people back to work, and provide money for transportation, education, and Medicaid programs. The economic stimulus plan is a bad idea because it will do little to shorten the recession, the jobs are temporary, and it will significantly increase the deficit."

.

Good Idea Bad Idea Unsure

%

%

%

1/9-12/09

57

36

7


 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 6-7, 2009. N=972 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you favor or oppose Congress passing a new 775 billion dollar economic stimulus program as soon as possible after Barack Obama takes office?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

1/6-7/09

53

36

11

.

"Do you favor or oppose each of the following as part of a new economic stimulus package? . . ."

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

.

"Income tax cuts of $500 for individuals and $1,000 for couples for most Americans."

1/6-7/09

72

22

6

.

"Tax cuts for businesses in order to help save and create jobs."

1/6-7/09

75

20

6

.

"Creating new jobs with major new government spending on the nation's infrastructure, such as bridges, highways and power grids."

1/6-7/09

78

18

4

.

"Providing federal money to state governments that are facing budget shortfalls"

1/6-7/09

49

42

9


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 19-21, 2008. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Would you favor or oppose a proposal to attempt to stimulate the economy by increasing federal government spending on construction projects and economic assistance to some Americans by about eight hundred billion dollars?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

12/19-21/08

56

42

2

.

"If that proposal is passed, do you think that would help the economy a lot, some, not much, or not at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Not at All Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

12/19-21/08

17

50

21

10

1


 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Nov. 6-9, 2008. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"And when it comes to the economy, do you approve or disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way George W. Bush is handling that issue?" If "mixed feelings" or unsure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approve or disapprove?"

.

Approve Disapprove Mixed Unsure  
% % % %  

11/6-9/08

22 74 2 2  

 

CBS News Poll. Sept. 27-30, 2008. N=1,257 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the economy?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure

%

%

%

9/27-30/08

18

77

5

9/21-23/08

16

76

8


Earlier polling on budget, taxes, economic policy


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