New Crossroads GPS survey: America divided, at best, on Obama jobs plan

New poll by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Crossroads on Obama’s job plan shows voters split on jobs plan; strong majorities want Congress to “take a closer look”.

WASHINGTON – Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS) today released a new survey by Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies focusing on President Obama’s jobs plan.

The survey of 800 likely voters was conducted from September 17-19. A summary memo by Bolger on the survey can be found here.

Key findings:

  • 16 percent say the country is going in the right direction; 77% say it is on the wrong track.
  • Obama has a 43% approve/53% disapprove rating, with twice the intensity on disapproval.
  • Support for Obama’s jobs plan is split with 43% in favor and 42% opposed. Independents oppose by a 53-33 margin.
  • Only 25% of those surveyed believe the bill should be passed immediately, while 69% believe congress should take a closer look to “make sure the ideas will work before money is spent on them.”
  • After being given liberal and conservative arguments for and against tax increases on high-earners, voters split 48-46%.

“Barack Obama has spent the last two weeks selling his jobs plan, but he’s still a long way from closing the deal with the public,” said Steven Law, president and CEO of Crossroads GPS. “The benefit of the doubt that many Americans have been giving to President Obama is slowly transforming into real doubt about his ability to lead.”

Crossroads GPS is a policy and grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to educating, equipping and mobilizing millions of American citizens to take action on the critical economic and legislative issues that will shape our nation’s future in the years ahead.

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