57% see no signs Porkulus is working

posted at 10:55 am on August 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), better known as the stimulus package or Porkulus, was supposed to be Barack Obama’s signature economic program.  Launched in the first weeks of his presidency, Obama declined to work with Republicans (or order Nancy Pelosi to do so) and wound up getting it approved with just three Republican votes in the House and Senate combined.  The $787 billion project was supposed to provide a “jolt” to the economy and keep unemployment from going above 8%.

Small wonder that a majority of Americans think it hasn’t worked:

Six months after President Obama launched a $787 billion plan to right the nation’s economy, a majority of Americans think the avalanche of new federal aid has cost too much and done too little to end the recession.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found 57% of adults say the stimulus package is having no impact on the economy or making it worse. Even more —60% — doubt that the stimulus plan will help the economy in the years ahead, and only 18% say it has done anything to help improve their personal situation.

The poll’s skepticism is underscored by the methodology:

The poll Aug. 6-9 of 1,010 adults has a margin of error of +/–4% for the full sample. In a question asked of a subsample, 51% of Americans say the government should have spent less on the stimulus; 31% say the amount was “about right.” Also, almost half in the full sample say they are “very worried” that stimulus money is being wasted.

Gallup sampled adults instead of registered or likely voters.  That usually produces results more favorable to Democrats and liberal policies.  If a Gallup poll that samples results in the general adult population finds this much skepticism about Porkulus, the level of skepticism among likely voters — the best predictive sample for future elections — will be much higher.

As USA Today notes, this will be a big problem for Obama in the health-care debate.  Voters trusted him on the stimulus, and now almost a trillion dollars have been committed with no appreciable impact on economic growth.  Now Obama wants a trillion dollars to make the health-care system more efficient.  Had the stimulus worked, or had Obama not made those promises to get the $787 billion from Congress, he might have found it easier to push ObamaCare through Congress.

Instead, Obama bet his fiscal credibility on Porkulus, and he lost it.

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I hope he fails!!!
Big Time.

elclynn on August 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Give us our Money Back!

BigMike252 on August 17, 2009 at 12:49 PM

not Waterloo, Teutoburg!

“Quinctilius Obamus, give us back or legions!”

Fighton03 on August 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Just wondering what the economy might be doing right now if Sarah Palin were in the White House instead of “Totus, the Econ Wizard.”

whitetop on August 17, 2009 at 1:29 PM

The economy will correct itself eventually – and Obama will take credit for it.

Where is a site that tracks how much porkulus has been spent and on what?

Maybe we should put our tax dollars on milk cartons. Just sayin’

ace tomato on August 17, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Obama bet his fiscal credibility on Porkulus, and he lost it.

He didn’t lose much.

The rest of us, however…

karl9000 on August 17, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Note to Republicans: if you want my vote, work to repeal the stimulus and return it to the rightful owners, THE CITIZENS.

PattyJ on August 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Hey Congress:
Read the tea leaves! Repeal the Porkulus!

Christian Conservative on August 17, 2009 at 3:16 PM

If Obama came out and said, “you know what? The recession seems to be easing a bit. I think it’s a good idea to repeal the stimulus bill and return that money to the people” he may gain some traction on Obamacare due to looking level headed.

So, don’t expect either to happen. :D

RedNewEnglander on August 17, 2009 at 3:19 PM

wound up getting it approved with just three Republican votes in the House and Senate combined.

With Specter jumping sides wasn’t it really only 2?

Onus on August 17, 2009 at 4:07 PM