NEW YORK -- President Joe Biden's$ 2 trillion infrastructure plan is packed with road repairs, Internet upgrades and other initiatives that are widely popular on their own, according to a Reuters Ipsos poll but public support declines when the initiatives are packed into a Democratic bill and sold as a Biden-backed plan.
The American Jobs Plan national opinion poll, from March 31 -- April 1 features the challenges facing Biden and fellow democrats in Congress as they roll out the American Jobs Plan in front of American public and a hyper-partisan.
While most Americans, including many Republicans, like the ideas in the plan in general, they are less likely to support legislation authored by Democrats to make those ideas a reality, the poll shows.
Both chambers of the Congress are controlled by narrow margins and the prospects for passage could be difficult if Republicans line up against the plan.
Republicans have been sharply critical of the proposed expansion of federal spending, especially if it is financed by tax increases. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, called the plan another Trojan horse for far-left demands.
Some Republican leaders also have raised issues:- 79% of Americans supported a government overhaul of American roadways, railroads, bridges and ports.
- 71% supported a plan to extend high speed internet to all Americans.
- 68% supported an initiative to replace every lead pipe in the country.
Americans were also largely supportive of the ways that Biden has proposed to pay for his massive infrastructure bill.
According to the poll, 64% of U.S adults supported a tax hike on corporations and large businesses, and 56% were opposed to ending fossil fuel industry tax breaks. However, public support appeared to decrease when the survey switched from general questions about infrastructure to more specific queries about a Biden-backed plan.
Only 45% of Americans said that they would support a new jobs and infrastructure plan released by the Biden administration recently.
Another 27% said they were not certain and the remaining 28% said they were not opposed. The decline in support seems to be mostly a partisan reaction: only about two in 10 Democrats and three in 10 independents said they supported a Biden infrastructure plan, compared with seven out of 10 Democrats.
The independents and Republicans have also expressed very little trust in the democratic-run Congress this year.
A February Reuters Ipsos poll found that 57% of Republicans and 53% of independents said they had no confidence at all in the legislative branch.
In short, while Americans generally want road repairs and other improvements, many are skeptical about Congress ’ ability to put together a good infrastructure plan and most Republicans are opposed to a reform that was written by Democrats.
The Reuters Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States.
It collected responses from 1,005 American adults, including 398 who identified as Republicans or Democratic-leaning independents and 445 Democrats or Republican-leaning independents. The poll has a precision interval, a measure of credibility, of about 4 percentage points.