And now for some actual good news (sort of). . .

There’s a lot of interesting data in the NBC/WSJ poll, although much of it is good news for the Dems and sobering news for the GOP (there’s been so much sobering news the last four years I feel like drinking). However, one positive nugget for the GOP in the data deals with the economic stimulus package.

In January, 43% said that the economic stimulus legislation was a good idea, while 27% say it is a bad idea. Just one month later, “good idea” has stayed static at 44%, while “bad idea” has jumped nine points to 36%.

By party, Democrats are wildly optimistic – 66% say it is a good idea, while 14% say it is a bad idea. Independents are evenly divided (41% good idea/36% bad idea), while GOPers have become considerably more negative – moving from a skeptical point of view in January (26% good idea/42% bad idea) to a very negative view (14% good idea/70% bad idea).

Further, only 31% believe the stimulus package will help the American economy over the next twelve months a great deal (8%) or quite a bit (23%), while 66% say it will only help a little (51%) or not at all (15%). Given a longer term horizon of four years, only 37% say it will help a great deal/quite a bit, while 59% say it will only help a little or not at all.

Only 18% of Independents think it will help a great deal/quite a bit, which is only slightly higher than the 7% among GOPers.  In comparison, Dems are wildly optimistic (53%).  In polling, it is a good sign when opinion among Independents are much closer to your partisans than to your opposition’s partisans.

So while the GOP has been declared dead, but like in the famed Monty Python movie, they’re not dead yet – the messaging on the pork barrel spending in the stimulus package is starting to sink in. Fully 36% say their biggest concern with the stimulus package is “too much pork barrel spending,” while 21% each say there aren’t enough tax cuts to individuals, and 21% say spending is focused on the wrong areas.”

The battle hasn’t been won yet, as Independents are the key to winning the public opinion fight. But, a month of withering fire has significantly undermined public support for a very questionable policy.

Similar Articles

  • Public Education Update
    read more

  • Americans See China And Russia As Adversaries Posing Two Different Threats
    read more

  • A New Look At Ideology
    read more

  • Is social media your friend or a frenemy?
    read more

  • Trump’s numbers tied for his peak high as impeachment talk looms
    read more

Public Opinion Strategies helped us to clarify what we wanted to learn and then conducted research and analysis that shed light even beyond the questions we set out to ask. They were very receptive to our suggestions, responsive to our queries, and flexible when we needed them to be.

Public Opinion Strategies has consistently offered unparalleled advice and spot-on polling that has shaped how and where we spent money and deploy key resources. Additionally, they have always been an excellent steward of limited campaign resources, ensuring we spend wisely and not a dollar more than necessary in order to get the information we need.

Robert Blizzard and Public Opinion Strategies did a great job for us throughout our successful campaign for Congress. Robert gave us accurate data, spot on analysis, and professional advice, all of which were essential to our victory.

Public Opinion Strategies is one of our go-to pollsters when it comes to testing public support for bond ballot measures and other initiative proposals. They are available to provide ongoing consultation with regard to crafting of ballot questions, public outreach messaging, and related efforts.

ACLI has worked with Public Opinion Strategies for decades, through several tough industry battles—often ones in which public opinion does not naturally fall on the side of insurers. Yet Bill and his team consistently provide invaluable strategic advice by refining our messages and helping us frame our issues in a way that makes them understandable and persuasive.

The data from Public Opinion Strategies provided important insight and informed our public awareness campaign. We sincerely appreciate their professionalism and expertise in this arena.

Nicole McCleskey and the team at Public Opinion Strategies have been invaluable to me, both during my campaigns and as Governor of the State of New Mexico. It’s not just the accuracy of their numbers, but guiding the overall strategy that makes them so valuable.

Public Opinion Strategies has been a part of our team in Missouri for more than a decade. With their data and guidance, Republicans here were able to attain a majority in the House in 2002 for the first time in fifty years, and we have been able to grow that majority to the point that we now have a record, veto-proof majority.

In my tenure at two leading business associations, facing huge and complex consumer issues, I have benefitted enormously from the objective advisory skills of Bill and his team. They do their homework, they are rigorous, dispassionate and thoughtful. Turning questions into answers is a clever tag, but it’s also an apt description of the professional talents of the firm.

I consider Public Opinion Strategies to be a part of our team. That is the way we have always worked. They have helped us to understand our needs and fashioned research solutions to meet those needs. They have helped us to meet killer deadlines by being flexible, executing rapidly, and insuring quality. Teamwork is the best way to describe it.

Accuracy, speed, and deep knowledge of key issues and public sentiment are the hallmarks of quality opinion research, and on these measures Public Opinion Strategies consistently delivers. I have had the pleasure of working with Public Opinion Strategies for more than 15 years on dozens of issues, and they are undoubtedly the gold standard.

Public Opinion Strategies’ track record of success and wealth of experience in political campaigns and issue advocacy are why they are one of the most trusted and well respected public opinion firms in Washington, D.C. Their insights and perspectives have helped to inform a wide array of public affairs activities across multiple industries.

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By :