Southern Republicans See Need For Federal Assistance

November 11, 2009 12:01 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

According to a new poll by Winthrop University, Southerners overwhelmingly support government programs to create jobs and assist cash-strapped states.  With the unemployment rate at 10.2%, the highest rate since April 1983, Southerners, like all Americans, see the economy as their main worry.  Southern Democrats strongly favor government-backed initiatives to spur economic growth, with 94.5% favoring such actions. Interestingly, 53.4% of Southern Republicans also support such actions.

The poll was conducted from October 24 through November 7, 2009 and questioned 866 respondents in 11 Southern states.  The data has a margin of error of 3.33%.