Southerners are divided on whether the $787 billion federal stimulus package is helping them. Democrats are far more likely to think the stimulus is working, according to a Winthrop University poll of the South.
Is the stimulus working?
About 30 percent of Southerners think the stimulus is working, while 56 percent think the stimulus is working very little or not at all. The stimulus is viewed differently among Democrats, Republicans and independents. Forty-six percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents think the stimulus is working, while only 14 percent of Republicans think positively of the stimulus. Even among Democrats, there is a strong belief the stimulus is not working. Thirty-seven percent of Democrats think the stimulus is has worked "very little" or not at all.
Where is the stimulus going?
Forty-four percent of Southerners are not sure if the stimulus benefits are going to all regions of the country equally or if the South is getting a greater or lesser share of benefits comparatively. This uncertainty is shared almost equally among Republicans (44.9 percent), Democrats (42 percent) and independents (43.4 percent).
Source: Winthrop University