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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Filling Gaps in the White House Website, Part 75

From Steve Kroft's interview with the president on "60 Minutes":
KROFT: I'm not saying this as fact, and hindsight is always 20-20. But there's [a] general perception that the stimulus was not enough. That it really didn't work. That...

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me stop you there, Steve. First of all, there's not general perception that the stimulus didn't work.
From a November Reuters-Ipsos poll:
On balance, a majority of Americans (62%) believe that the stimulus bills that Congress has approved in recent years have ‘just created debt’ (as opposed to helped the economy), but there is a strong division here by party:
  • Democrats are equally divided on the issue, with 44% believing it has helped the economy, and 45% that it has created debts
  • The vast majority of Republicans, on the other hand, believe the stimulus bills have created debt (82%).