Snips readers are not so sure about the changes in Washington, D.C.

America now has a new president. After eight years of the often-unpopular Bush administration, many people are especially hopeful about Barack Obama, the former Illinois senator who seemed to many to emerge from nowhere to win the Democratic nomination.

Polls say many people are very positive about the Obama administration -- excerpt, perhaps visitors to this Web site? Our admittedly unscientific monthly poll question is asking readers their opinion of the proposed $700 billion economic stimulus package. (It's reportedly over $800 billlion now.)

But if people are screaming and squealing in excitement at the         festivities in Washington, D.C., those who go to www.snipsmag.com are silently grumbling. So far, 69 percent of those who took part in the poll think the economic package will not have the desired effects.

Contrasting that with polls that show many people, Democrat and Republican, support the stimulus -- at least in principle, lacking specifics -- I wonder why our visitors are more skeptical.

What do you think?