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US: Stimulus (CNN 1/8-10)

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CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
1/8-10/10; 1,021 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(CNN: release 1, release 2)

National

As you may know, last year Congress passed and President Obama signed a bill that attempted to stimulate the economy by increasing federal government spending and cutting taxes at a total cost to the government of about eight hundred billion dollars. Based on what you have read or heard about this, do you favor or oppose that bill?
42% Favor, 56% Oppose

Do you think that the projects that the government has spent money on under that bill have mostly been useful projects that will benefit the economy, or have mostly been projects that were included in the bill for purely political reasons and will have no economic impact?
36% Projects to benefit economy
63% Projects for political reasons

How much of the money spent under that bill so far do you think has been wasted -- nearly all of it, most of it, about half of it, only a little of it, or none of it?
21% Nearly all
24% Most
29% About half
21% Little
4% None

 

Comments
Mark in LA:

What a waste of money: roads, bridges, education, infrastructure in general.
I'd much rather spend the money destroying and rebuilding poor Muslim countries. That way we can take care of patriotic companies like Halliburton, KBR, and Blackwater.

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Field Marshal:

Infrastructure spending is best done by the states and local government. When the Fed does it, you get bridges to nowhere.

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Mark in LA:

Of course a bridge built with federal dollars is entirely different from a bridge built with state dollars. If I knew it was built with federal dollars, I'd detour dozens of miles to avoid it.
This is entirely logical - in a conservative mind.

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Field Marshal:

HEH? Actually, your statement is only logical in a warped and deranged liberal mind ABOUT a conservative mind.

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Mark in LA:

I understand that THE "Bridge to nowhere" a gift from Sarah Palin, was a tremendous waste of federal tax dollars.
More than any other state, Alaska gets back more federal dollars than what they pay in.
This is the case for most of the deepest Red States, like the one where I live, - Alabama.
So, when these states, which tend to have very poor, conservative voting populations, do receive federal tax dollars, it is doubly important for them to spend them wisely and ethically. Two traits that were beyond the reach of Sarah Palin.
You can call that "Liberal Logic", but the rest of the world just refers to that as "Reality".

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StatyPolly:

Wow. And a CNN poll too.

63% think that "mostly been projects that were included in the bill for purely political reasons and will have no economic impact"

Pretty shrewd of you, 63% of CNN poll respondents.

From everything I've seen about the 787 Billion stimulus, much of went to "thank" Obama's supporters from his previous campaign, and to set up a slush fund for the next one.

And he has the guts to talk about Stimulus II, "this one to focus on creating jobs." Barely even trying to attempt to hide crimes.

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Field Marshal:

So you cite one of many poor infrastructure projects by the federal government in support of my original argument, thanks!

Actually, the bridge was a 'gift' from Sen Ted Stevens and Rep Young. Palin simply supported it until she became Governor and the full costs came to light. But don't let facts get in your way. Remember, facts have a conservative bias.

Yes, the poorer states are usually net receivers of federal tax dollars. This is because the federal income tax code is not adjusted for purchasing power parity. Someone rich in Alabama most likely wouldn't be rich in California or NY.

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IdahoMulato:

So people are saying bridges should be left to collapse like the one in MN when the state wont do it? It looks people have warped mindset.

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CUWriter:

How about simply that these projects did nothing to fix the infrastructure problem and did little to stem the tide of construction job losses. Those are both facts and have nothing to do with politics.

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Bruce_Miller:

Idaho- you are a typical liberal respondent on these boards. If the federal government doesnt do it, then it will be left to collapse. Only the great and generous federal government can build bridges and help the hapless people! God bless the federal government and all its glory for they will save us from ourselves.

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Mark in LA:

Idaho. Exactly.
No Field Marshall, I didn't bring up "Bridges to Nowhere". Please read your first comment if you want to see who brought this into the mix.
Also, I thank you -Field Marshall again, for laying the blame at Stevens (Republican), Young (Republican) and Palin (Republican).
My dirt road neighbors will be glad to know that you don't define them as "poor".

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StatyPolly:

Exactly how many bridges got fixed with that Stimulus money?

The reason that bill polls so poorly, is because Obama insisted that it was passed immediately, without Congress even having a chance to leaf the pages, or "THE ECONOMY WILL COLLAPSE", and then the money was being spent in at a snail's pace. More than half of that money is still not spent.

I think Dems will pour the 400+Billion that's still left over into temporary jobs this spring, so that unemployment numbers go down some by the time mid-term campaigns heat up.

Timing is everything, baby!

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Field Marshal:

"My dirt road neighbors will be glad to know that you don't define them as "poor". "

Mark,

Poor is a relative term. Lookup purchasing power parity and you will see what i mean. If you earn $150k in Alabama, you will most likely be living a 'wealthy' lifestyle. But $150k in LA is probably a "middle-class" lifestyle. Yet, each pays the same in federal income taxes. See my point?

Yes, they were Republicans. Doesn't stem the fact that the federal government, rep or dem, usually makes very poor investment choices for our taxpayer money. But keep believing they will save us from ourselves like Mr Miller stated. Someone needs to believe in them!

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Mark in LA:

Bruce,
Idaho is not making that argument. You have stood up a straw man. Please let me knock it over.
It's a question of priorities. Destroying Iraq and rebuilding Iraq will end up costing us in the neighborhood of 2 Trillion federal dollars.
We prefer that money be spent domestically. Because when a bridge collapses, those deaths count too.
I know we're supposed to stay within lines and definitions, but there are such things as liberals who are simultaneously fiscal conservatives. That's me.
I would prefer we reduce domestic spending and end our Mideast nation-building.

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Mark in LA:

I get your point Field Marshall. I know it is cheap to live here. But some of these families have wage earners trying to get by on jobs that pay 6 or 7 dollars an hour. Some of these southwest Alabama Counties are the poorest in the country. The state is broke. Alabama spends less per student than any other state in the Union, so there's no money for textbooks.
Is it really so terrible for me to want something better for these people?

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Field Marshal:

Mark,

I completely agree with you. I would like to see discretionary spending on the federal level be curtailed substantially. Eliminate several cabinet level departments and then adjust the tax rates so that income mostly is taxed at the state and local level. This would greatly aid our schools and transportation networks instead of allowing political games being played with $787 billion "stimulus" packages.

In addition, we should close several of our overseas bases, especially those in Germany, Italy, and Japan.

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Uchenna Oguekwe:

One question this poll failed to ask is whether people think that it will have an effect down the road. Many polls that ask this question always show that people do believe it will.

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