The headline of this post would be as useful as the actual headline for a round of USA Today/Gallup polling on the effect of the economic stimulus package, headlined as “57% don’t see stimulus working.”
In fact, a 41% plurality thinks the stimulus has helped (right answer!) and a minority of the 57% thinks the stimulus has actually hurt. The 33% who see no effect have what’s probably the right answer for people answering the question based on their own personal econometers, and the 24 percent is roughly of the magnitude of the scarily large minority who thought George W. Bush did a bang-up job. Insofar as the last group has been aggressively fed with anti-stimulus messages via conservative politicians and right-wing media (e.g.), not to mention much hand-wringing on deficits from “sensible” deficit-hawk moderates, the negative views are not that impressive.