Here to help, huh?

Here to help, huh?

MANSFIELD PA – “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help the economy.”

Yeah, right, a slight majority of Pennsylvanians respond.

Fifty-two percent of state residents surveyed say they don’t trust the government to guide the nation’s economy, according a poll conducted by Mansfield University, the results of which were released Monday (March 30, 2009). Thing is, 44 percent of respondents say they have little or no trust in the free market to guide the economy, either.

Pennsylvanians’ opinions on how the economy could be managed show greater consensus, though. Eighty-nine percent oppose having large companies and banks as the primary recipients of federal economic stimulus money; 57 percent say stimulus packages should be targeted first to individual taxpayers.

A majority of state residents surveyed also think the government needs to focus first on long-range economic goals, rather than short-term quick fixes.

The university’s 2009 study was conducted by its sociology professors, and surveyed 708 state residents older than age 18. It has a 3.6 percent margin of error, they said. Mansfield University is located in the north central part of the state, 32 miles south of Corning NY.

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