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Poll: Stimulus Will Do More Harm Than Good

Wednesday, 04 Feb 2009 09:41 PM

By David A. Patten

For the first time, a majority of Americans say the Democratic stimulus plan is likely to do the U.S. economy more harm than good. That’s the surprising finding of a new Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters.

The Rasmussen poll asked “How likely is it that the final economic recovery plan passed by Congress will make things worse instead of better?”

Half of those surveyed -- 50 percent – said it is “somewhat likely” or “very likely” that the stimulus deal will make the economy worse. That compares to only 39 percent who thought the mega-spending bill probably would not make things worse. Twelve percent of those surveyed weren’t sure.

A separate Rasmussen poll also showed support for the plan dropped a third straight week.

Three weeks ago, according to Rasmussen, 45 percent of voters thought the stimulus package was a good idea. Last week, the stimulus package approval rating fell to 42 percent.

On Wednesday, the firm released a new poll, showing support for the trillion-plus package has now dipped to just 37 percent. That same poll found that 42 percent are against the bill, and 20 percent are undecided. The Web site reports: “A stimulus plan that includes only tax cuts is now more popular than the economic recovery plan being considered in Congress. Forty-five percent favor a tax-cut only plan, while 34 percent are opposed.

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