The Washington Times - March 16, 2009, 05:01PM

A rift is growing between residents in the increasingly Democratic state of New Hampshire and the perceived effectiveness of President Obama’s stimulus bill.

A poll commissioned by the anti-spending group STEWARD of Prosperity and conducted by the American Research Group found 78 percent of New Hampshire residents believe the $800 billion bill will not improve their financial outlook.

The group’s acronym stands for Saving The Economy Without Accumulating Record Debt.

Less than a fourth believed it would improve the economy in their state.

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“The most unfortunate finding is that working families have little optimism that this measure will improve their personal financial situation,” said STEWARD Founder Fred Tausch.

54 percent of those surveyed also opposed increasing the deficit to pay for the spending in the bill, 58 percent said states that mismanaged funds should not be bailed out and 69 percent opposed giving General Motors and Chrysler any additional loans.

These are exactly the types of findings a group like STEWARD of Prosperity would like to take advantage in the “Live Free or Die” state where Republican Sen. Judd Gregg is leaving an open seat in 2010 due to his retirement.  Founder Taush is a former maxed-out Obama campaign donor who became disillusioned with the president’s big-spending agenda.

“People are troubled by our ballooning federal budget deficit,” Tausch said.  “What’s more, they don’t want their hard-earned tax dollars bailing out irresponsible states, like California and Massachusetts.”