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Public’s measure of the stimulus focuses on jobs

by canderson

Adriel Bettelheim of CQPolitics writes about how President Obama is managing public perceptions of the stimulus package. David, quoted in the article, asserts that Americans are focused on job creation since the economy has been losing jobs at such a rapid rate.

Republican pollster David Winston said Americans have become fixated on job-creation since the economy shed more than 500,000 jobs each month over the past three months. This criteria is at variance with some politicians’ definitions of effective spending.

“There are a lot of potentially viable programs in the stimulus package, and Democrats and Republicans can agree or disagree on them, but viability is not the way people will judge it,” Winston said. “The one measure will be how many jobs will it create? People expect a positive outcome.”

Managing Public Perceptions Crucial to Obama’s Performance [CQPolitics]