Amid calls for a new stimulus plan, a Rasmussen Reports poll reveals that only 27 percent of voters support another economic stimulus package this year, while 60 percent oppose it.
"Public opposition to a second stimulus plan is explained in part by the mixed feelings voters have about the first plan: 31 percent say it has helped the economy, and 30 percent say it has hurt," Rasmussen said.
In another survey, pollster Doug Schoen found that 56 percent of respondents are opposed to the notion that government should spend money to stimulate the national economy even if it means increasing the budget deficit. Only 37 percent support that position.
These polls show that voters are deeply concerned about higher budget deficits created by government stimulus, Politico observes.
But several unions, including the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, plan to begin pressuring legislators for a jobs bill, saying the $787 billion stimulus package approved earlier this year wasn't large enough.
Calls for a new stimulus plan are being fueled by rising unemployment, which hit 9.5 percent in June, The Hill newspaper reported. Obama administration officials predicted in January that the unemployment rate would peak at 8 percent if a stimulus plan was passed.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., who voted against the stimulus package, said Republicans could work with Democrats on a new stimulus plan if it includes significant tax cuts, in particular cuts targeted at small businesses and their employees.
But Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the current stimulus plan needs more time to work. He told ABC News: "We misread just how bad the economy was, but we are now only about 120 days into the recovery package."
Nevertheless, 68 percent of likely voters surveyed by Rasmussen believe that Congress and the president will try to pass another stimulus package this year, while only 20 percent believe they will not, and 12 percent are not sure.
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