As Derek mentioned earlier, President Obama has announced that he intends to use repaid bailout money to go towards a second job-focused stimulus. The administration's view is that it might as well use this money to lower then 10% unemployment plaguing the U.S. Apparently, America disagrees. A new Rasmussen poll finds that a majority of Americans don't want a second stimulus.
According to the poll, 56% of Americans oppose a second stimulus package at this time. Only 33% favor another stimulus. I suspect few of the 10% of Americans who are unemployed make up that 56%. Of course, given that only 36% of Americans think the first stimulus helped, it probably isn't surprising that only 33% want another one.
As you might have guessed, Republicans are vastly opposed to a second stimulus -- 85% dislike the idea. Meanwhile, 50% of Democrats are also against it.
Rasmussen also found that 58% of Americans do not want bailout money used to help financially troubled states. Only 22% approve of that use of those funds. That's even fewer than those who favor a second stimulus.
And don't forget: 51% of Americans even think that that more jobs will be created if the unspent stimulus money is cancelled. Indeed, 59% of Americans believe that an increase in government spending will hurt the economy. Clearly, distrust of the government is alive and well.
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