PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: MAJORITY OF VOTERS BELIEVE BUILD BACK BETTER ACT WILL HELP FIGHT COVID, OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT BILL’S PROVISIONS 

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January 13, 2022

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NEW POLL: MAJORITY OF VOTERS BELIEVE BUILD BACK BETTER ACT WILL HELP FIGHT COVID, OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT BILL’S PROVISIONS 

65% of Voters — Including 64% of Independents — Support the Build Back Better Act

57% of Voters — Including 60% of Independents — Want Congress to Pass the Build Back Better Act to Support Americans & Small Businesses Hurt by Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of voters believe passage of the Build Back Better Act would help the United States fend off COVID and future pandemics, according to a new poll released today by Invest in America and Data For Progress. Additionally, the poll found that a majority of voters support the Build Back Better Act’s provisions.

The Build Back Better Act includes over $16 billion to help state health departments increase emergency preparedness and reduce health worker shortages, as well as $1.3 billion to procure critical Covid treatments, mitigate supply chain risks, and support the manufacture of vaccines.

The poll was conducted with 1,326 likely voters on January 11. Key findings include:

  • 73% of voters, including 94% of Democrats, 73% of Independents, and 52% of Republicans, support funding in the BBBA to strengthen supply chains for future pandemic preparedness.

  • 55% of voters, including 82% of Democrats and 58% of Independents, believe the BBBA’s pandemic response investments will help ensure that the U.S. will not experience another event like the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 57% of voters, including 81% of Democrats and 60% of Independents, want Congress to Pass the Build Back Better Act to support Americans & small businesses hurt by the pandemic.
  • 55% of voters, including 80% of Democrats and 54% of Independents, believe funding for pandemic preparedness is a good reason to pass the Build Back Better Act.

“Voters know that the Build Back Better Act will make key investments in fighting off COVID and ensuring that the U.S. is prepared to triumph over pandemics in the future. That’s only part of why it has remained extremely popular for months —  historic investments in child care, education, elderly care, clean energy, health care for seniors, and more, have overwhelming support from voters across the political spectrum. That’s because Americans know that the Build Back Better Act will lower key costs, cut taxes for working Americans, and create millions of good-paying jobs,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America.

Voters also overwhelmingly support the individual provisions of the Build Back Better Act, including the following:

  • 76% of voters, including 91% of Democrats, 77% of Independents, and 60% of Republicans, support investing in long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities.

  • 73% of voters, including 87% of Democrats, 75% of Independents, and 60% of Republicans, support expanding Medicare so that it includes hearing coverage.

  • 65% of voters, including 87% of Democrats, 67% of Independents, and 44% of Republicans, support investing in affordable housing and building, preserving, and improving rental units and homes, including in rural areas.

  • 64% of voters, including 88% of Democrats, 68% of Independents, and 36% of Republicans, support investing in clean energy, preparing for extreme weather events, and creating new jobs in manufacturing and conservation.

  • 62% of voters, including 83% of Democrats, 63% of Independents, and 40% of Republicans, support guaranteeing four weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers.

  • 59% of voters, including 78% of Democrats, 59% of Independents, and 42% of Republicans, support extending the Earned Income Tax Credit for one year.

  • 59% of voters, including 79% of Democrats, 59% of Independents, and 38% of Republicans, support investing in universal pre-K for all three and four year-olds.

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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