44% in Illinois Say Stimulus Package Helped Economy But 50% Say No New Jobs Created

Rasmussen Reports

Although the plurality of Illinois voters feel the $787 billion economic stimulus plan enacted last year by Congress and the president helped the economy, the plurality doesn’t believe it created new jobs.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds that 44% say the stimulus plan helped the economy, while just 27% believe it hurt the economy.  Twenty-two percent (22%) said it had no impact.

These findings show a sharp contrast to the level measured nationally.  Among voters nationwide, 29% say the stimulus plan helped the economy, while 43% said it hurt the economy.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of Illinois voters say the new government spending in the stimulus package crated new jobs.  Half (50%) disagree and say the plan did not create any new jobs, and another 15% are undecided.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Illinois was conducted on July 7, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Just over half of Democrats in the state say the stimulus plan helped the economy, while a strong majority of Republicans disagree.  Voters not affiliated with either political party are more evenly divided on this issue.

A majority (55%) of Illinois voters say cutting taxes is a better way to create new jobs.  Twenty-six percent (26%) say increasing government spending is a better way to go, while 20% more are not sure.  The number of voters who side with cutting taxes is ten points lower than the national average of 66%.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans and 60% of unaffiliateds feel cutting taxes will create more jobs, while the plurality (42%) of Democrats disagrees and feels increasing government spending is more beneficial.

Illinois’ embattled Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has closed the gap somewhat this month and now trails his Republican challenger Bill Brady by just three points in the state’s hotly-contested gubernatorial contest.

The Illinois Senate race remains a virtual tie, but Republican Mark Kirk’s support appears to be trending down.

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