Stimulusmania: Rasmussen shows seven-point surge in support, too

posted at 4:10 pm on February 12, 2009 by Allahpundit

Seven points in seven days, just like Gallup. Only a bare plurality backs it overall — 44/40, with 15 percent on the fence — but like Dave Weigel says, a week ago Rasmussen was all the rage in the rightosphere because it was the lone major pollster to show more opposed to the bill than in favor. Goodbye to all that:

The latest data shows that support for the president is closely linked to support for the stimulus plan. Among those who Strongly Approve of Obama’s job performance, 84% favor the stimulus plan, and four percent (4%) are opposed. Among those who Somewhat Approve of the president’s performance, 39% favor the stimulus plan, while 30% are opposed.

However, among those who disapprove of the president’s performance, the results are starkly different. Just one percent (1%) approve of the plan, and 91% disapprove.

The link between the president and support for the stimulus plan is confirmed by other data as well. A review of polling data from other firms suggests that when the plan is described as Obama’s plan, it enjoys more support.

Call it the Obamessiah Effect, soon to face its ultimate test when The One turns on the charm to sell TARP II to a public that’s already sick to death of bailouts. Exit question one: Think they’d get a different result if they started including Heritage’s assessment of the true cost of the stimulus in the questions? Exit question two: Is Kaus right that the only way to roll back the welfare provisions of the bill is for grassroots conservatives to unleash hell on YouTube?

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Yes, they’d get a different result if the media just told the truth.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Thank you. If we had an unbiased media or a watchdog media, both as it should be, and the American people were thus more educated about this bill and the ripple effects it will have, we’d have different poll numbers.

George Bush didn’t care about popularity polls. It hurt short term, but I think he’ll be vindicated long term. He cared about protecting Americans first and foremost – it was when he tried to play bipartisanship (thus giving liberalism leeway – a big mistake) that he hurt us most.

May God protect us from ourselves.

eucher on February 12, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Let’s see how they feel about the bill when they realize it doesn’t stimulate a turd (ok, it did make me take a dump but you know what I mean), pays illegal aliens, opens their medical records to the federal govt, spends billons on snail darters and other bait fish, funds waste by the state governments, wastes billions on new buildings in DC, etc.

David in ATL on February 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Frankly, I’m sick polls though I habitually read poll threads here. LOL Go figure. “According to a Gallup poll, a solid 78% of Americans think Obama is the best person ever to lead us through this worst economy since the Depression…why aren’t YOU one of that 78%???”

ddrintn on February 12, 2009 at 5:21 PM

*sick OF polls….good grief

ddrintn on February 12, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Yes, but it polls much higher among people who got free houses at Obamastock.

Laura in Maryland on February 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Forget these constant and continuous polls. Believing any one of these point estimates is like taking your blood pressure every 45 seconds. There will be constant variations and occasionally there will be a single reading that significantly differs from the others. Trends are what were after and this daily poll monitoring is nonsense. They should pack up all of these commercial pollsters and send them on a long vacation with a one-way ticket.

rplat on February 12, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Makes sense. The MSM has said nothing about the pork in it. Mum’s the word on the health care run by govt provision. Not a peep about the $4B to ACORN.

All they talk about is the $500 tax “cut” and how that will magically solve everyone’s problems. If all you heard was that you’re getting a $500 tax cut ad nauseum, you’d probably be in favor of it too.

angryed on February 12, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Maybe I’m missing something, but if Barry has the majority in both houses, what’s the deal with all the campaigning and YouTube ads and the like?

Does anyone really think that Dems will vote the bill down?

PattyJ on February 12, 2009 at 6:31 PM