Today President Obama will be hosting a jobs forum to gather ideas on job creation. He's going to be in for some rough waters if a study by Rutgers University's John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is any indication. In polling done this time last month, only 43 percent think President Obama has done a good or excellent job handling the economy. Others, 51 percent, rate President Obama's performance as only fair or bad. Most of those polled, 84 percent, say it's a bad time to find a good job with 53 percent believing that we are still in a recession. Another 29 percent say it is a depression. Half say this a temporary turn of events, but nearly the same number say there are fundamental and lasting changes in the nation's economy.
The President may not be able to garner support for a second stimulus package. Of those polled, 69 percent said the nation can't afford more debt for another package, regardless of the shape of the economy. Only one in four said that a stimulus package is worth adding debt.
Our survey reflects the growing impatience and frustration of American workers about a recession that has lasted nearly two years," said Carl E. Van Horn, a co-author of the study, the director of the center and a professor of public policy. "The President and Congress face a very difficult dilemma. American workers want more jobs, but they do not want the government to borrow more money to pay for programs or tax cuts that might generate them."