Selling Stimulus: America Not Buying

The president is on a promotional tour for his new stimulus plan, designed to transfer more wealth from the productive class to Democratic voters. But a Bloomberg poll shows that voters aren't buying.

By a margin of 51 percent to 40 percent, Americans doubt the package of tax cuts and spending proposals intended to jumpstart job creation that Obama submitted to Congress this week will bring down the 9.1 percent jobless rate. That sentiment undermines one of the core arguments the president is making on the job act’s behalf in a nationwide campaign to build public support.

Compounding Obama’s challenge is that 56 percent of independents, whom the president won in 2008 and will need to win in 2012, are skeptical it will work. In all of the categories gauging Obama’s performance on economic issues, the president’s disapproval rating among independents is above 50 percent.

Just 29% of independents approve of the job the president is doing on the economy in general.

Almost a third of Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents say they’d like to see Obama face a primary challenge.

Ouch.