Overwhelming majority The americans – about 8 out of 10 – support plans to increase funding for roads, bridges and ports, and pipes that supply drinking water. But this is something like this Democrats Others Republicans intersect on infrastructure, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Public Relations Research Center.
The president Joe Biden He bet his handshake with a group of Republican senators could help push through Congress a $ 973 billion infrastructure deal, while Democrats separately pass a $ 3.5 trillion proposal that could include money for tax credits for children. schools, health care and other priorities. … The two-sided approach has generated a lot of drama and uncertainty in Washington As negotiations continue, these disagreements seem to spread to the general public.
The poll shows that a small majority of Americans, 55%, approve of Biden’s way of managing infrastructure; 42% disapprove. Roughly 8 in 10 Democrats and only 2 in 10 Republicans endorse Biden on infrastructure issues.
“I love what he has done so far,” said Marcos Ommati, 54, who lives in Arlington, Virginia and edits a war magazine. “I think we really need the infrastructure plan he developed there. If you drive through any places in the United States, you will see that the bridges are not in their best shape. “
After a $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package kicked off the economy – possibly creating a risk of inflation – the administration hopes many voters will vote in next year’s elections for infrastructure and other spending initiatives aimed at helping economy.
Overall, there is support for a stronger power grid, which has been hit this year by freezing temperatures in Texas and extreme weather in recent months across the rest of the country. Many of Biden’s other infrastructure ideas are split along the party lines, with Republicans largely expressing uncertainty or opposition on many of the proposals.
Overall, at least 6 in 10 Americans support funding for local public transportation, affordable housing, and broadband Internet services. While a strong majority of Democrats support, less than half of Republicans support any of the three.
About two-thirds of Democrats also support funding for passenger and rail travel, compared with about 4 in 10 Republicans. Among Republicans, about a quarter say they are against, and about a third say they do not hold either opinion.
Less than half of Americans, 45%, support funding electric car charging stations, and 29% oppose. About two-thirds of Democrats, but only about a quarter of Republicans, are in favor. About half of the Republicans are against.
A small majority support extended child tax credits for families with children and a free community college for those who have not yet studied. About three quarters of Democrats support both proposals.
Only about a quarter of Republicans support a free community college, and about 6 out of 10 are against. Republicans are more ambivalent about expanding the tax credit for children: 34% are in favor, 42% are against; another 24% said they did not adhere to either opinion.
There is generally stronger support for funding free preschool programs: about two-thirds receive support, including about 8 in 10 Democrats and about half of Republicans. Three out of 10 Republicans are opposed.
But this investment in children and preschool is striking voters like Alan Joannetti by distorting infrastructure. He identifies this concept with everything related to the work of engineers.
“If I need to repair the foundation in my home, I won’t call a social worker — I’ll call an engineer,” said 69-year-old Joannetti, who has retired from the oil and gas business and lives in Seabrook, Texas. He’s also vague about Biden: “In the energy business, this new clown we picked for president ruined everything for my friends and family.”
To pay for infrastructure improvements, about two-thirds of Americans support tax hikes for corporations and tax hikes for households earning more than $ 400,000 a year. But again, there is a tax gap, as many Republican legislators believe that raising taxes will hurt economic growth.
At least 8 in 10 Democrats, but about 4 in 10 Republicans, support tax hikes on corporations or households earning more than $ 400,000 a year. About 4 in 10 Republicans oppose both.
The tax problem is equally tied to equity, as many Americans see the rules as that billionaires like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos can pay at lower rates than middle-class people.
“The tax system allowed people to use their wealth, and I pay more taxes,” said Amy Stauffer of Heston, Kansas, who voted for Biden. “I pay more taxes than Jeff Bezos. Something is wrong”.
The AP-NORC survey of 1,308 adults was conducted July 15-19 using a sample drawn from the NORC AmeriSpeak Panel probability panel for a representative US population. The sampling margin of error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.