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February 18, 2010 13:56 ET

American Pulse™: Americans Say No to Proposed Jobs Bill; Healthcare Summit Not a True Effort at Bi-Partisanship

Overwhelming Majority Concerned About Iran Building Nuclear Bombs

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - February 18, 2010) -  It appears Americans don't hold a lot of hope for the legislation currently being proposed on Capitol Hill, according to the latest American Pulse survey of 5,019 Americans. Almost half (48.4%) of Americans don't think the proposed $15 billion job bill will create enough jobs to put a dent in the 9.7% unemployment rate. 27.4% are unsure, while 24.2% believe it will help bring the number down.

Further, 50.6% say that the bipartisan healthcare summit scheduled for next week is simply a show to appease angry Americans. However, some (25.4%) do think it's a real effort at reaching across the aisle (24% don't know). And talk of using reconciliation to pass the healthcare bill makes 51.9% mad saying that Congress has no right to do that. 24.9% say that they will be happy; if that's the only way to get healthcare reform, then it's necessary. Interestingly, if Congress uses reconciliation, 23.2% will be relieved and just glad that it's all over.

It appears that recent decisions on the part of some lawmakers in Washington not to seek re-election was probably a good idea; only one in ten (10.5%) Americans say they would vote to re-elect their incumbent representative.

Other key findings:

  • 46.8% say President Obama isn't good for business -- big or small. 26.3% say he is.
  • 48.2% say the U.S.'s approach to rally nations to put economic pressure on Iran to halt their nuclear program won't work (16.5% say it will and 35.3% don't know).
  • 75.7% are somewhat/very concerned that Iran is building nuclear bombs.
  • 77.2% aren't willing to pay higher prices or wear special glasses to watch 3-D content on their TV...10.9% are.
  • Half (50.1%) think the idea being floated in Utah to make the 12th grade optional for high school students who have completed required credits early in an effort to save money is a good idea. 33.7% say it's not.

Complimentary report: http://americanpulse.bigresearch.com.

About American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch® every month exclusively utilizing Survey Sampling International's (SSI) U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. Over 5,000 respondents participate, providing greater insights and accuracy of +/- 1%. http://www.bigresearch.com

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