While Democrats in Congress work around the clock to approve a big social spending and human development package, new polling suggests the program may not have the backing of the majority of Americans.
It’s just a bad idea
While some of the provisions in the general plan appear to be popular with the general public, polls show many people believe the legislation will neither benefit the economy nor have a good influence on people’s lives.
The move by Democrats in Congress comes as they have razor-thin majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Right now, they want to carry their budget resolution along partisan lines through a legislative process called reconciliation. This emerges as Democrats try and pass a completely separate infrastructure bill in the House that received broad support in the Senate.
Activists surrounded Joe Manchin’s car, screaming to “convince” him to vote for Biden’s big spending bill. He slowly pulled away-now they accuse him of trying to run over them. The only thing they convinced him of is that it might be time to buy a Hummer.https://t.co/3bffShaLOA
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 5, 2021
As per an ABC News/Ipsos poll taken Oct. 29-30, voters were split (34 percent to 34 percent) as to whether the legislation would benefit or damage the economy. A fourth of those polled had no idea how the policies (which total $3 trillion) would affect the economy.
Even Democrats polled were unsure about the effect of the appropriations bills, with only under half (47%) saying they would help people like them. A quarter of Democrats said the proposals would have no obvious effect on people like them; nearly two-thirds said they had no idea how the bills would affect their lives.
Nearly two-thirds of conservatives (64%) believe the proposals will harm individuals like themselves, with about one-third of Independents (29%) concurring.
Many individuals are also confused about what will be shown in two parts of the bill, according to the survey. Approximately seven out of ten people claimed they only knew a little about both pieces of legislation.
Only 31% of those polled stated they know a lot about the metrics.
Will it ever be passed?
Biden, last week, announced the contents of the trimmed-down structure his government calls the “Build Back Better” plan. This comes after two months of intra-party deliberations between the White House, as well as congressional Democrats.
Biden's sweeping infrastructure, social spending bills finally get a vote https://t.co/xtx9GvCkmB pic.twitter.com/FOMDQ0RKj5
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 5, 2021
The proposal includes $1.75 trillion in additional spending for programs including universal pre-kindergarten, a one-year increase in the child credit, Medicaid Expansion, green power tax rebates, among other items.
Progressive concerns, such as tuition-free college, paid parental leave, Medicare vision insurance, and dental insurance are notable omissions. The package also offered significant financing for new climate change efforts.
The Senate already enacted a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure that contains $550 billion in new money for traditional infrastructure investments, like highways, ports, and transportation.
The most recent Fox News public opinion poll (ahead of the government’s address) similarly revealed a lack of substantial support for the Democrats’ spending proposals.
When questioned if the $3.5 trillion in extra spending suggested by Democrats (the actual price tag at the moment that has since been cut) would damage the economy, four out of ten said that it would; 38 percent said it would assist and one out of five said it would have no effect.