By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Nearly two-thirds of the nation has had it with Washington's spending under President Obama, but the other third stands eager for one more big program to help create jobs. Our new Washington Whispers poll finds that 31 percent of those surveyed by Synovate eNation would be cool with Congress passing a big new jobs bill, a sign that many Americans want some help with their stubborn unemployment.
Topping that, however, was the 34 percent who registered their demand that Washington sit on its hands and stop spending.
The poll was taken after Congress passed and Obama signed into law the new healthcare reform package which has yet to catch steam despite Obama's campaign-style promotion of it. The poll findings were more a confirmation that the nation continues to bristle at non-jobs spending by Washington.
Healthcare reform has passed, and now some want Washington to move on to the rest of President Obama's agenda, while others want Congress to take a breather. What should Washington do?
Nothing, they've spent enough money 34%
Pass a big jobs bill 31%
Pass immigration reform 20%
Redo U.S. energy policy 8%
Solve global warming 7% Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted March 26-30 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.