Update: Since I filed this post late last night … the tide continues to turn. H/T Powerline:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% favor the legislation, 43% are opposed, and 20% are not sure. Two weeks ago, 45% supported the plan. Last week, 42% supported it. Opposition has grown from 34% two weeks ago to 39% last week and 43% today.
We now return you to the rest of last night’s post.
It would appear that way based in part on printed reports. in part on statements from Democrats (who, by the way, have stopped defending ATVs, STDs and Honey Bees as stimulus), in part from economists themselves who have pulled support.
Clinton economic adviser Alice Rivlin made the same point in testimony before the House Budget Committee. Her message: Divide up the package and slow down the process.
and in part based on public opinion polls …
WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to pass an economic stimulus bill, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, but expectations are low that it will help their families or turn the economy around this year.
Two-thirds of those surveyed predict that Obama’s package of tax cuts and new spending would boost the nation’s economy, at least by a little. When it comes to their own family finances, though, half say it either would have no effect or even make things worse.
The poll is actually worse than that for Democrats when its broken down:
Only 38 percent of those polled favored the existing stimulus proposal, down from a slight majority holding that view in the Jan. 28 Gallup survey. Thirty-seven percent want major changes and 17 percent reject the plan outright.
Here’s video of part of Carl Cameron’s report tonight. It starts with a Democrat Senator Patty Murray (Washington State, where else?) trying to stuff more pork into the plan … but she gets stuffed.
It’s no wonder Reid is calling off the dogs.