79% Support Obama Stimulus Plan, Poll Says

And public places more confidence in him than in Congress
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jan 8, 2009 9:18 AM CST
Americans are putting more faith behind the president-elect than his party colleagues in Congress.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Most Americans favor Barack Obama's pricey antidotes for the economy, and they like him better than his pals in the legislative branch, Politico reports. A recent poll says 79% back Obama's fiscal plans, which include a $775 billion injection into infrastructure and alternative energy. The president-elect's favorable rating sits high at 63%, 22 points above that of Congressional Dems and 39 points higher than that of GOP counterparts.

"The failure to get something done is a bigger threat than not making progress quickly enough," the pollster deduces. "There is a long leash for turning the economy around, but not for the political system."