There went the public: Digby links to a Bloomberg report about a new Bloomberg poll. If the poll is right, the public has come down hard on the “cut spending” side.
For the poll results, click here:
DIGBY (9/14/11): See that bully pulpit do its magic:Seven percent told the truth. Of the rest, the bulk came down on the “cut spending” side.
Which of the following approaches is more likely to be successful in growing the U.S. economy and creating jobs?
Spending cuts and tax cuts will give businesses more confidence to hire—57%
Government needs to keep spending at current level now because the job market is so weak—13%
Government needs to spend more to stimulate the economy—23%
Presumably, this is the tea party's fault, although they only constitute maybe twenty percent of the public.
Is this a flip from recent polling? It seems to us that other polls have suggested at times that the public was developing some stimulus-friendly views. At any rate, the public is subject to constant barrages of propaganda from conservative sources. Down through the long lazy decades, the liberal world has rarely tried to create forums in which voters will be schooled in other outlooks.
That said, we do enjoy calling them names. If the Bloomberg poll is correct, this approach isn’t working yet.