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Where do the American people stand on the stimulus?

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In this post [2], I speculated that many (most) Americans were skeptical of the stimulus package. In the comments, Minus Ten cites a WSJ article and poll [3]. The headline:

Obama, Stimulus Proposals Enjoy Broad Backing in Poll

It's always good to check out the wording of the questions used to draw such a strong conclusion. So I went to the actual poll results. At first glance, it appears pretty open and shut. Here is question 29:

29. When it comes to the economic stimulus plan proposed by the Obama administration, which of these two statements comes closer to your point of view?  
 
Statement A: The economic stimulus plan is a good idea because it will help make the recession shorter, get people back to work, and provide money for transportation, education, and Medicaid programs.
 
Statement B: The economic stimulus plan is a bad idea because it will do little to shorten the recession, the jobs are temporary, and it will significantly increase the deficit.
 
Statement A/Economic stimulus is a good idea………………… 57
Statement B/Economic stimulus plan is a bad idea…………… 36 
Not sure……………………………………………………………………….. 7

You can quibble with the wording. But it's not bad. And 57 to 36 does look like pretty broad support.Of course there is also question 27:

27. Which of the following concerns you more? 
 
That the federal government will spend too MUCH money to try to boost the economy and as a result will drive up the budget deficit, OR
 
That the federal government will spend too LITTLE money to try to boost the economy and as a result the recession will be longer?
 

That the federal government will spend too MUCH money….. 60
That the federal government will spend too LITTLE money…. 33
Not sure…………………………………………………………………………. 7

Again, I would have worded it a little differently. But again, it's close enough. So what does it tell you about support for the stimulus package? Maybe the headline should have been:

Americans Confused About Fiscal Policy, Deficit

Or maybe:

Americans Hope for Free Lunch–Support Stimulus Package When They Don't Think Too Much About the Cost

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