The recent spike in joblessness has fueled a shift in public opinion back to supporting more federal stimulus spending. In the latest Washington Whispers poll, 37 percent said that they want Congress to OK more stimulus spending before the end of the year.
That is a shift from the trend, led by Republicans and the Tea Party movement, against spending programs in favor of tighter budgets and smaller taxes. Some 23 percent in our Synovate eNation Internet poll said they want Congress to institute a tax and spending freeze, with another 17 percent calling on President Obama to extend the Bush tax cuts.
Our poll asked what legislation is most important for Congress to address before the end of the year. Reforming immigration law found support at 17 percent while energy and cap and trade legislation was last at 8 percent.
As Congress prepares to go on a six-week recess and then run for re-election, what major legislation do you wish they would hurry up and pass this year?
More jobs-stimulus spending 37%
Tax and spending freeze 22%
Extend Bush tax cuts 17%
Reform immigration laws 17%
Energy and cap-and-trade legislation 7%
Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted July 29-August 2 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.