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Washington Post-ABC Poll: Nearly Half of Americans Want Government to Spend More to Create Jobs

by Tony the Misfit

Newsflash: people don’t like being unemployed.

Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.

The poll also finds that Obama is still more trusted than Republicans (43/26) and Democrats still lead Republicans on the economy (42/34). But the less popular party may win in November.

But here’s where it gets interesting:

26. (ASK IF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD SPEND MORE MONEY) What if it sharply increased the federal deficit – in that case do you think the federal government should or should not spend more money to try to boost the economy in a way that creates jobs?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
7/11/10     80         18            1



Thisiswrong points out, correctly, that this question is a blended question — and nearly 40%, not 80%, favor increased spending even if it increases the deficit. The country is evenly split (48/48) on more direct stimulus.

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