Rasmussen: Stimulus bill support drops to 37%

posted at 1:27 pm on February 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

It never had a majority of support in the first place, but at least at first, the stimulus bill had a plurality in favor.  No longer.  Rasmussen’s polling shows that in two weeks, the numbers have flipped from 45-34 in support to 43-37 opposed:

Support for the economic recovery plan working its way through Congress has fallen again this week. For the first time, a plurality of voters nationwide oppose the $800-billion-plus plan.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% favor the legislation, 43% are opposed, and 20% are not sure.

Two weeks ago, 45% supported the plan. Last week, 42% supported it.

Opposition has grown from 34% two weeks ago to 39% last week and 43% today.

Barack Obama has lost seventeen points on the gap between support and opposition in just two weeks.  He’s lost ten points of support among Democrats, who now back it 64-16.  Unaffiliated voters oppose it even more than the general population, 50-27.  Only those making under $20,000 a year support the bill at all; all other income demographics have pluralities in opposition.

Not surprisingly, government employees also support it, 44-28.  The self-employed and private-sector employees both oppose it, the latter by a firm majority, 55-34.

What can Obama do to turn this around?  According to the poll, he could offer a tax-cut-only package, which has a plurality of support at 45-34.  A government-spending-only package would be opposed by almost three-quarters of all voters, 72-15.  Republicans have repeatedly offered a tax-cut stimulus plan, and they could benefit by getting the message out now about their alternative.

Clearly, though, Obama and the Democrats have begun to lose the confidence of American voters on their economic agenda.


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EPIC FAIL

marklmail on February 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I’ve seen zero evidence in any polls that people want supply side economics, if they did they wouldn’t have voted Obama.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Try looking for evidence that people who voted for Obama know what “supply side economics” means.

BobMbx on February 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Hurry up and pass it..before the stink from the crap sandwich reaches the citizens. opps…too late

Wade on February 4, 2009 at 4:24 PM

This declining stimulus support is catching Democrat politicians by surprise. But why should it? They were voted in and they take that as a message of approval to do what they think is best.

A big problem with this whole thing is uneducated voters. They have been assuming (without verifying) that the democrats would make wise financial decisions for the country.

The solution resides in educating the voters on 1) what caused the recession and 2) free market survival-of-the-fittest.

shick on February 4, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) is currently on the floor pushing his health care program now calling this bill a “recovery” plan. I’m looking forward to seeing so many people in good health literally starving to death without a job.

Rovin on February 4, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Caption Ed, where do you find the specific bit of data relating to those making under $20,000 and their support of the spendulus bill? It seems that the less people make the more entitled they feel, and I would like to see the data on that with this specific bill.

Thanks!

scotthenning on February 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I’ve seen “zero evidence” that most Obama voters could find their a$$ with both hands, let alone understand the concept of supply side economics.

AZCoyote on February 4, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Or any kind of economics. They think supply side economics is also known as voodoo economics. When they hear “trickle down” they process that as “tax breaks for the wealthy.” The Dems have trained them well to hate those who are more successful. You can use the analogy of our economy as a car, and the people who create jobs and pay taxes are the engine that drives us all to be the best in the world.

But the Democrats will tell them we aren’t a car, but a tool of the devil that uses too much gasoline, kills people because we’re racist and splashes little old ladies waiting for the bus in the winter.

Then they say, let’s just sell the car to the junkyard and divide up the money and live on it for the rest of our lives instead of driving to work every day. Their base does not understand that when the government creates jobs, the salaries come out of taxes.

Who will pay them? The shrinking wealth class. Will anyone be able to get ahead? No, when our financial industries are nationalized, no more profit to be made in investments. No more credit to buy homes and start businesses. Everyone will drive their battery powered cars to their government jobs that they hate and can never leave, work as little as possible, save as little as possible and have less and less to spend. Economic growth will grind to a halt.

Show me where this hasn’t been the case anywhere else in the world. Nowhere. The Chinese are now our best hope for capitalism. We’ve severely damaged it here.

But the Democratic base thinks pulling the plug on America is worth a $500 check and minimum wage, “free” healthcare, new government jobs. 52% of America voted for welfare.

chunderroad on February 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

I suppose I will have to keep my congressman and senators on speed dial for the next 4 years.

Gulfcoastconservative on February 4, 2009 at 4:52 PM

chunderroad, I agree with you. The biggest cause of this crisis is people being poorly educated about what socialism and capitalism actually are. But the government is in charge of education so I’m sure that will all improve soon./sarc

Gulfcoastconservative on February 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

predict: Four years of Democrat imcompetence and corruption will bring the GOP back with a vengeance.

Cicero43 on February 4, 2009 at 1:31 PM
Two years…the midterms could be glorious…

Rogue on February 4, 2009 at 1:38 PM

This stimulus porkfest is starting to look like 1993 (the year) times 25. If our side plays its cards right, 2010 will look like 1994.

Senator McConnell: Start your FILIBUSTER, the American People are behind you!

Michael Steele–time to recruit a hundred or so solid conservatives for Congress, for the class of ’10.

Steve Z on February 4, 2009 at 4:59 PM

THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

promachus on February 4, 2009 at 5:02 PM

DeathtoMediaHacks,
I am so curious about your choice of screen name because in that you seem to be the representative of the MSM hacks commenting here, do you mean death to yourself?
I’ve yet to see you say anything that doesn’t parrot the Leftist MSM talking points…

Jenfidel on February 4, 2009 at 5:04 PM

The lefties have begun to mobilize their troops. For them the bill is too small.

promachus on February 4, 2009 at 5:09 PM

DeathtoMediaHacks,
I am so curious about your choice of screen name because in that you seem to be the representative of the MSM hacks commenting here, do you mean death to yourself?
I’ve yet to see you say anything that doesn’t parrot the Leftist MSM talking points…

Jenfidel on February 4, 2009 at 5:04 PM

I noticed the same thing. But it’s even worse than that: he’s not only a left-wing media hack, but also one of those who believes the left-wing media is just too … conservative.

It’s bad when you can’t recognize your own self-parody.

tom on February 4, 2009 at 5:28 PM

chunderroad on February 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

+10

We have allowed the liberals and their minions in the MSM to write the narrative on this for at least the last 30 years, and any evidence to be had that cutting taxes actually boosts overall tax revenues is completely lost on American voters, probably because the media can’t be bothered to report it. Reagan cut taxes and tax receipts went up. Bush 43 cut taxes and tax receipts went up. Forget calling it economics: The American people need to be schooled in simple common sense. If you want to create jobs, then you have to make doing so as attractive and profitable as possible to the people in a position to do the hiring. That means relieving the tax and regulation burdens heaped upon corporations and small business owners. Someone needs to make people understand that the kind of class warfare that the Democrats like to incite benefits no one but them. “Hating the rich” is counterproductive when they’re the ones cutting your payroll check every two weeks.

NoLeftTurn on February 4, 2009 at 5:47 PM

But it’s for your own good people!
Come on!
Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul has always been successful!
/sarc

Badger40 on February 4, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Well, at least it has been successful in gaining the support (and thus votes) from Paul.

The vast majority of Americans want some kind of big spending bill.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Argumentum ad numeram. This fallacy is all over your posts in many threads. What is absent is an explanation of how the above (specifically) and socialist tendencies (in general) provide a net benefit on economies.

I have challenged you in a couple of other related threads on this. Your reply would be appreciated. And on the philosophical side, I would be curious to see why you prefer tyranny over liberty.

anuts on February 4, 2009 at 5:47 PM

anuts on February 4, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Don’t hold your breath waiting for a reply that actually addresses the points you make…

Red State State of Mind on February 4, 2009 at 6:15 PM

DeathtoMediaHacks,
I am so curious about your choice of screen name because in that you seem to be the representative of the MSM hacks commenting here, do you mean death to yourself?

Jenfidel on February 4, 2009 at 5:04 PM

DMH is one of those preposterous people who thinks that the media, by virtue of being owned by “corporations”, is systemically Republican/conservative… indigo blue voting patterns of journalists, editors, publishers, producers, photographers, contributers, and news anchors notwithstanding.

Lehosh on February 4, 2009 at 6:25 PM

In just one month we see pretty much how the next four years are to be run….

….”AMATEUR HOUR “.

God help us when we see how the obama and his followers deal with terrorism.

We see that Cheney is giving them a vote of no confidence..
This country is seeing the difficulties of the self inflicted wound known as ‘obama and the democrats’.

Handel on February 4, 2009 at 7:56 PM

the numbers have flipped from 45-34 in support to 43-37 opposed

Change you can believe in

Dollayo on February 4, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Educated an Obama voter friend of mine today to the fact that the pork bill is crap, and that the One is trying to pay off friends with our money. Sweet! He already has a natural distrust for most politicians, but the drone of Obama, obama, obama… Had him hypnotized for the election.
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I think he’s suddenly waking up with a hang over. Heheehe…
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RalphyBoy on February 4, 2009 at 8:38 PM

But a plan that Obama backs and endorses is still popular because people trust him and because they don’t think he endorses the House “porkulus.”

But he does. Didn’t Obama have a sort of champagne shindig after the bill passed the House?

What people want is what Obama proposed a big tax break for middle/working class Americans. I’ve seen zero evidence in any polls that people want supply side economics, if they did they wouldn’t have voted Obama.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Of course they don’t want “supply side” economics. A big chunk of Obama’s addled constituency believe in “trickle down”, though: the government takes from earners and then it is somehow supposed to “trickle down” to the peasants.

ddrintn on February 4, 2009 at 9:52 PM

RalphyBoy on February 4, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Buyer’s remorse is going to be strong at some point. At least I hope that’s the case and not just optimism on my part that people will really wake up.

AZfederalist on February 4, 2009 at 10:16 PM

anuts on February 4, 2009 at 5:47 PM
Don’t hold your breath waiting for a reply that actually addresses the points you make…

Red State State of Mind on February 4, 2009 at 6:15 PM

and here it is 4 hours later, and still no reply ……. time for bed; maybe we’ll read it in the morning.

Red State State of Mind on February 4, 2009 at 10:16 PM

They pissed away the last 850 bil. I also say do NOT take Russia up on any partnerships anywhere! They do not ave our interests at heart.

johnnyU on February 4, 2009 at 10:26 PM

It’s failing because even stupid IDIOTS ( those that voted for Obama ) can see a bad deal when it’s tossed in front of them.

Kind of like driving a nice Cherry Vette, and having a puddle of dog crap placed in front of you. MOST folks aren’t going to drive through it.

tx2654 on February 5, 2009 at 1:54 AM

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