World Split on Effectiveness of Stimulus Programs

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There appears to be little global consensus among the world's largest economies on whether or not government stimulus programs work, according to a new British Broadcasting Company poll.

The survey of 22,783 adults in 22 countries found support for stimulus programs ranged from 30 to 80 percent.
    
It also found that those in nations such as France, Germany and the United States which have already spent heavily are more likely to oppose stimulus spending.
    
In Germany, 66 percent of those polled by the BBC said they were opposed to such programs and in France 63 percent were opposed. In the U.S., 58 percent of those polled were against government stimulus plans. 

There was broader support, however, for a larger government role in regulating the economy. 

"As countries struggle to achieve economic recovery, citizens want more active government, but also more effective government intervention in the economy to meet the real needs of citizens, including stabilizing food prices," explained Doug Miller, the chairman of GlobeScan, one of the research agencies that conducted the poll. 

Polling was carried out either in person or on the phone and took place between June and September 2010.

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