Gallup: Only 9 Percent of Democrats Favor Increased Stimulus Spending

By Dan Joseph | February 1, 2011 | 11:05 AM EST

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

( - A recent Gallup poll shows that only 5 percent of Americans favor increased stimulus spending as the best approach to improving the U.S. economy.
The poll also found that  when broken down by party affiliation only 9 percent of self described Democrats see increased stimulus spending as a the best way to get the U.S. economy moving again. 
The Gallup poll was taken in the weeks following the Republican electoral victory which gave them control of the House of Representatives.
Despite this, in last week’s State of the Union Address, President Obama spent nearly half of the speech calling for additional spending for various projects intended to stimulate job creation and economic growth.
While the poll shows that Democrats do not favor increases in stimulus spending it also shows that they do not favor deficit reduction with less than a quarter (24 percent) viewing cutting the deficit as an economic priority. Instead, more than 50 percent of Democrats questioned say that raising taxes on the wealthy is the best solution to America’s economic problems.
By contrast, self-described Republicans and Independents see deficit reduction as a top option with 42% of independents favoring cutting the deficit as a way to spur economic growth and 49% of Republicans viewing deficit reduction as the nation’s top economic priority.