This article — http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123690358175013837.html — indicates that President Obama’s poll numbers are falling, and that Americans may not be as happy with increased stimulus spending as some politicians might hope. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues.
I don’t think politicians should govern with an eye on poll numbers. Americans elect their leaders to lead, not to test the wind and make decisions based on the latest survey results. However, polling data can provide a broad indication of how the people are reacting to the decisions of their leaders. As a society, we often are attracted to what is new and different. My guess is that the latest poll numbers indicate that the new Administration is, increasingly, being viewed as no longer “new.”