In light of the way we actually got out of the Great Depression, it’s instructive — and depressing — to look at polling from that era. Two results from Gallup, in March 1938:
Do you think government spending should be increased to help get business out of its present slump?
Gallup Poll, Mar, 1938
In your opinion which will do more to get us out of the depression: increase government spending, or reduce taxes on business?
(AIPO), Mar, 1938
15% Increase government spending
taxes on business
21% No opinion
04 September 2010
Krugman: "The Perils Of Government By Poll, 30s Edition"
Paul Krugman today: