Check this out, couldn’t hardly believe it…
American voters overwhelmingly believe the economy stinks, and there’s little belief that the stimulus plan was effective. In addition, most voters favor a balanced budget amendment — except if it means program cuts or new taxes.
These are just some of the findings from a Fox News poll released Thursday.
There’s so much derp in this poll it’s kinda sad, but this one is…wow. It’s been a Republican mantra and oft-repeated assertion that the “stimulus failed” or it was a “failed stimulus”. Those two words are *ALWAYS* together when the efforts taken to stabilize the economy are summarized to a linguistic shorthand. The problem with the Republican assertion is that the vast majority of independent economists not paid by Republicans, but who understands what the stimulus did, don’t actually agree with them.
So they do this poll. And make that assertion.. “there’s little belief that the stimulus plan was effective.”
Here’s the number they use to support it…”Meanwhile, less than a third think the stimulus plan has helped the economy (29 percent).”
Do you think the federal government’s 2009 economic stimulus plan has helped the economy, hurt the economy, or not made much of a difference either way?
No difference: 46%
(Don’t know): 2%
Yes, that’s right, more people think it helped than hurt. Not only that, but as time goes on, and more people actually go beyond the talking points to see what happened, there is a marked shift from that “no difference” column to the “helped” one. It should also be noted that those saying “no difference”, are actually in the Stimulus working column, as the point was to keep us out of a depression (getting back into solid growth would have taken a larger package, probably double the size of the $878B).
So anyway, Fox even spin their own polls in ways that make little sense in the overall context . And it’s done to, as much as possible, reinforce Republican talking points.You can also see the stats that many Republicans will be pushing over the next few days, the 72% support for a “Balanced Budget Amendment” The fact that this support drops to the low 30’s when even the barest sense of what theoretical steps it would take to balance it, is one of those quibbling details that doesn’t need to be mentioned, and likely will not be.NOTE: If anyone has Dana Blanton of Fox News’s email address please send it to me. I would like to ask her the reasoning behind her statements, but Fox doesn’t have easy contact info.