Forget the CBO estimates that the stimulus created or saved 1.6 million to 3.4 million by its half way mark last year, many outlets and interests have started presenting surveys and polls about the effect of the stimulus. Depending on the pollster or who is polled (some include polls of those who have no basis or data to determine except based on their own feelings, conditions, or idealogy), the results have varied.
The current poll of economists show that they believe the stimulus saved jobs and helped the economy.
Unemployment would have hit 10.8% — higher than December's 10% rate — without Obama's $787 billion stimulus program, according to the economists' median estimate. The difference would translate into another 1.2 million lost jobs.
A more fact based assessment of the jobs created by the stimulus can also be obtained at its own website recovery.gov where the details of stimulus spending can be accessed down to companiy level that received funding, their addresses and phone numbers and the jobs created. This of course is only for the spending part of the stimulus.
The tax cut part of the stimulus which represents 42% of it (moneys that went to us) can not be that directly measured in terms of the jobs created. The only thing we have is a recession that started in 2007, turned around sometime in March 2009 became even somwhere around October 2009 and is now creating positive jobs (even excluding government jobs) though slowly at this point.