PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: LAWMAKERS’ FAVORABILITY HINGES ON PASSAGE OF BUILD BACK BETTER ACT 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
October 20, 2021

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NEW POLL: LAWMAKERS’ FAVORABILITY HINGES ON PASSAGE OF BUILD BACK BETTER ACT 

Passing the Build Back Better Plan Will Increase Favorability of Both Congressional Democrats and President Biden

67% of Voters — Including 64% of Independents — Support Passing the Build Back Better Plan Through Reconciliation.

58% of Voters — Including 55% of Independents — Believe the Build Back Better Plan Will Create Jobs for All Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large bipartisan majority of voters would have a more favorable outlook on Congressional Democrats and President Biden if they can pass the Build Back Better plan, according to a new poll released today by Invest in America and Data For Progress. Additionally, the poll found that a broad majority of voters support the Build Back Better agenda and believe it will create jobs for all Americans, including Americans without college degrees.

The poll was conducted with 1,157 likely voters from October 15 – October 17. Key findings include:

  • 52% of voters, including 50% of Independents, would view Democrats in Congress more favorably if they pass the Build Back Better Act.

  • 67% of voters, including 89% of Democrats, 64% of Independents, and 45% of Republicans, support passing the Build Back Better Act.

  • 58% of voters, including 55% Independents, believe that the Build Back Better Act will create jobs for all Americans.

  • 57% of voters, including 59% of Independents, believe that the Build Back Better Act will create jobs for Americans without a college degree.

  • 58% of voters, including 54% of Independents, would support President Biden’s support of the middle class if the Build Back Better Act is passed.

  • 59% of voters, including 54% of Independents, would support President Biden’s handling of health care if the Build Back Better Act is passed.

“It’s clear that now more than ever, voter opinion of lawmakers in Congress hinges on their ability to pass the Build Back Better Act,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America. “Not only will the plan create millions of good-paying jobs, reduce costs, and cut taxes for middle-class Americans — it will also make voters view Congress and the President more favorably.”

Voters also overwhelmingly support the pay-fors of the Build Back Better agenda, including the following:

  • 65% of voters, including 65% of Independents, support raising taxes on the wealthiest 1% of business owners by limiting what expenses they can deduct from their taxes.

  • 65% of voters, including 60% of Independents, support increasing taxes on people who earn more than $1 million a year from selling stocks and bonds.

  • 61% of voters, including 57% of Independents, support more funding for the I.R.S. to make sure the wealthiest 2% pay their fair share of taxes.

  • 56% of voters, including 52% of Independents, support increasing taxes on people who make more than $400,000 per year.
  • 56% of voters, including 53% of Independents, support increasing taxes on large corporations.

Read the full polling tabs and methodology here.

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

About Data for Progress

Data for Progress is a progressive think tank and polling firm, which arms movements with data-driven tools to fight for a more equitable future. DFP provides polling, data-based messaging, and policy generation for the progressive movement, and advises campaigns and candidates with the tools they need to win. DFP polling is regularly cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and hundreds of other trusted news organizations.

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