Americans consider stimulus program a failure

More problems for President Barack Obama’s increasingly unpopular agenda: Most Americans now opose the stimulus program that was the linchpin of his economic recovery program.

A new national poll by CNN/Opinion Research shows 56 percent opposing the stimulus and just 42 percent still feeling the stimulus was a good idea.

The poll is a sharp turnaround from March of 2009 when 54 percent supported the stimulus and 44 percent opposing.

The dramatic shift in public opinion gives Republicans another shot in the arm as they focus on picking up seats in the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. No Republicans in the House and just three in the Senate voted for the $787 stimulus package that has failed to deliver on the promise of many new jobs and other economic benefits to states and localities.

In addition, the numbers create new problems for Obama as he attempts to jump-start is faltering administration with a new focus on jobs.

The poll questioned 1,012 American adults from Jan. 8-10 and has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.