The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Approval Index for Friday shows that 38% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing as President. That’s the fourth straight day below the 40% level for the President. Prior to that, the number who Strongly Approved had never fallen below 40% for even a single day while Obama was President-elect or President.
The U.S. Senate reports that its phone system is flooded with callers expressing unhappiness with the stimulus bill. One staffer said, “The phones, the entire Senate, is paralyzed.”
BY Paul Steinhauser
Two new national polls suggest that support for an $800 billion stimulus plan to pump up the economy has slipped since mid-January, but may have stabilized in the past week.
Fifty-one percent of those questioned in a CBS News poll released Thursday evening approved of the stimulus package. That’s down 12 points from a poll taken January 11-15, the last time CBS asked the question. Thirty-nine percent opposed the plan, up 15 points from the previous poll, taken before President Barack Obama was inaugurated and before the House of Representatives passed an $819 billion stimulus package, with no Republican support, on January 28.
A new USA Today/Gallup poll, also released on Thursday, shows virtually identical numbers to the CBS News poll — 52 percent favoring an economic stimulus plan and 38 percent in opposition. Fifty-two percent also favored an economic stimulus plan in a Gallup poll conducted on January 27, a week after the inauguration and the day before the House passed the bill that the Senate is currently considering.
“These two polls, taken together, indicate that support for a hypothetical stimulus package dropped once an actual piece of legislation was introduced and debated in the House,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Opinion about the specific bill that is now before the Senate has remained consistent since the details of the House bill were made public. A slight majority favor the current package, with just under four in 10 opposing the bill.”
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