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The Economy and What Americans Think

December 7, 2010

From a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey:

(39%) of Likely U.S. Voters fear that the government will not do enough in reacting to the country’s current economic problems.

(51%) worry instead that the government will do too much.

(34%) believe the stimulus helped the economy, while 33% say it has hurt. As far as 29% are concerned, the plan has had no economic impact.

Voters have had questions about the stimulus plan right from the start. Since June 2009, belief that the stimulus has been beneficial for the economy has ranged from 25% to 36%, while those who think it has hurt the economy have ranged from 28% to 43%.

Voters are already dubious about the size and scope of today’s federal government. Just 39% believe the federal government currently operates within the limits established by the Constitution of the United States.

To elected Republicans the country, states and counties expect you to be moderate in your disposition but firm in your beliefs. We expect you to compromise on administrative details but not principles.

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