A majority of likely voters in new poll obtained exclusively by The Hill supports passage by Congress of a $ 3.5 trillion spending bill that includes Democratic priorities like universal preschool and extension the expansion of the child tax credit, through reconciliation.
The poll, which was conducted by the progressive think tank and polling firm Data for Progress for the Invest in America group, found that 66 percent of likely voters support Congress’ adoption of a “plan.” $ 3.5 trillion investment “that would include funding to improve long-term care. for the elderly, expand health insurance benefits, expand pre-K, modernize the electricity grid and expand the expansion of the child tax credit through reconciliation, while 26% oppose the project of law. Eighty-five percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents said they supported the measure.
A significant percentage of Republican respondents – 47% – said they supported the measure, while 44% opposed it, a gap that falls within the poll’s margin of error. This despite efforts by Republican lawmakers to label the $ 3.5 trillion plan in negative terms.
Other surveys have found similar support for the $ 3.5 trillion plan, but less support among Republican voters. For example, a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found that 62 percent of American adults support a $ 3.5 trillion spending bill, of which 27 percent are Republicans.
The Data for Progress poll also found strong support among Democrats and independents for specific forecasts that should be included in the reconciliation package, like free universal kindergarten and community college tuition. Some of the provisions have also garnered support from Republicans, including upgrading the electricity grid, improving long-term care for the elderly, and lowering Medicare eligibility from 65 to 60.
Republicans, however, oppose other elements that Democrats are trying to include in the package, including a provision providing a pathway to citizenship for many immigrants and one that would create a civilian body for the weather.
Additionally, the poll found that majorities support various provisions that could be used to pay for the massive package. Sixty-four percent support increasing the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent. Sixty-seven percent of respondents support raising income taxes for those earning more than $ 400,000, including a plurality of Republicans (49 percent). And an identical percentage also supports the increase in capital gains tax to pay for the package, including a plurality of Republicans (49%).
According to the poll, the bipartisan infrastructure deal enjoys strong public support, with 65% support, including 83% Democrats, 62% Independents and 46% Republicans. Forty-one percent of Republican respondents said they opposed the infrastructure deal.
The poll of 1,254 probable voters, which was conducted between July 30 and August 2, has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Senators are looking to wrap up work on a $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes $ 550 billion in new spending on physical infrastructure projects, as of next weekend. The measure is expected to be passed with enough Republican support to overcome legislative obstruction, which is a major bipartisan victory for President BidenJoe BidenBiden appoints Mark Brzezinski US Ambassador to Poland 10 dead after overloaded van crash in South Texas New York State Assembly majority backs start of Cuomo impeachment process : AP PLUS.
Once the Senate completes its work on the infrastructure bill, senators are expected to present a budget resolution to implement the $ 3.5 trillion package. Both measures will have to pass the House. Biden will need every Democratic senator and virtually every House Democrat to back the $ 3.5 trillion plan to pass without GOP backing through reconciliation.
While up to 20 Republican senators could vote in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, GOP lawmakers have united against the $ 3.5 trillion package, trying to label it a tax and spending effort. “Reckless” which could contribute more to inflation.
The survey conducted by Data for Progress, however, found that 57% of voters believe the United States “should invest more to create new jobs and economic growth after the pandemic”, while 33% said, alternatively, that the United States “should wait to invest more because we don’t want the economy to overheat, potentially creating inflation.