The latest Rasmussen poll has support for the stimulus dropping to 37 percent of Americans, with a plurality of 43 percent now opposed. Meanwhile, the polling firm also found that 50 percent believe that the stimulus bill will make things worse.
The Gallup result is a bit more nuanced. It found that three out of four Americans want some form of a stimulus package passed. However, only 38 percent want the package to be passed as is, with another 37 percent saying it should be passed only after “major changes” and 17 percent saying it should be rejected all together.
Remember, this was supposed to be a slam dunk. Early in the transition process, the Obama team had hoped to have a finished bill signed on his first day in office. Yet two weeks into his presidency, the front page of the Washington Post has a story about how Democrats have now conceded that they don’t have enough votes to pass the package — even though they have 58 Senators. Meanwhile, President Obama had to do five television interviews yesterday to boost support for the legislation. Obama will inevitably sign something, which will probably be touted as a “victory” in the media. But I think it’s fair to say that this stimulus push has not gone as smoothly as expected