By 45% to 32%, more Americans want their member of Congress to vote for rather than against a jobs bill similar to the one President Obama proposed last week, with the rest having no opinion.
Obama proposed the “American Jobs Act of 2011” in his speech to Congress on Sept. 8, and sent the bill to Congress on Sept. 12, saying the purpose of the bill is to “put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans.”
Sen. Harry Reid has introduced the bill in the Senate, but so far it has not been introduced in the House. There is no indication yet as to when either body will take up the bill, or what the chances are that Congress will pass some or all of it. A number of Republican leaders have already gone on record as opposing the bill.
But, there are 23% that are undecided and the devil is always in the details.
Discussion and debate of Obama’s proposals will likely expand in the weeks to come and, as is usual with these types of policy issues, this discussion and spin will change the public’s views. At this point, however, while the president cannot count on majority support for his bill, he can note that more Americans support his ideas than oppose them.
It is probably too early to draw wide conclusions since in the legislative process there are bound to be amendments.