Thursday, March 26, 2009

Two-Thirds Say They’ll Give Stimulus Bill One Year or Less to Work

77.1% of Americans say companies like AIG shouldn’t be allowed second helpings when it comes to government bailouts, according to the March American Pulse™ (N=4021), signaling that their patience may be running thin. Additionally, 65.7% say they’ll wait a year or less to see if the stimulus bill is working.

The recession continues to hit home with American workers: 27% didn’t receive a raise, 19% had hours reduced and 18.5% didn’t get a bonus. Further, the controversial card check legislation is not favored by Americans. 74.3% say when employees vote on union issues, their vote should be kept secret. More union households (78.6%) than non-union households (73.6%) agree.

42.5% of Americans think now is a good time to buy stock. If only they had some extra cash...just 23.4% of those are buying. So what’s the fix for the economic mess? Americans feel moving manufacturing back on U.S. soil will help (56.6%), while 45.9% say lower taxes. Interestingly, 45.1% say ‘we the people’ is the answer.

Verbatim posts on BIGresearch and Artafact’s blog:
“..AIG is getting more money. That is putting good money after bad in my book. One bailout to a customer I say!”

“Now is the perfect time to begin re-manufacturing in the USA. The economy is already depressed which means salaries and other associated expenses are down.”

“It’s great to be able to buy stock while prices are down, but when your husband gets laid off in October, and it’s March and he can't even get an interview, it’s the last thing on your mind!”

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