PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: MAJORITY OF VOTERS SUPPORT PASSING LARGE STIMULUS PACKAGE ASAP — EVEN WITHOUT REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2021

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NEW POLL: MAJORITY OF VOTERS SUPPORT PASSING LARGE STIMULUS PACKAGE ASAP — EVEN WITHOUT REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS

Voters Support Passing a Large Covid Relief Package As Soon As Possible, Even Without A Bipartisan Vote In Congress, By a +20 Point Margin

Majority of Voters — Including Republicans — Reject Arguments Made By Senators Romney & Collins to Water Down the American Rescue Plan 

Republican Voters Strongly Support Provisions that GOP Senators Tried to Slash from Biden’s Plan, Including Unemployment Insurance and State and Local Aid To Keep Essential Workers On the Job

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of voters say they support Congress passing a larger coronavirus stimulus bill as soon as possible — even if it doesn’t garner support from Republicans, according to a new poll released today by Invest in America and Data for Progress.

The poll also tested voters’ reactions to common arguments against a new covid relief plan from Congressional Republicans like Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), finding that a majority of Republican voters aren’t swayed by their messages.

The poll, conducted of 1,126 likely voters from January 29 – February 1, shows that voters support passing a coronavirus relief package as soon as possible, even without bipartisan support, by a +20 point margin:

  • 55% of national likely voters believe that Democrats in Congress should pass a larger coronavirus relief bill as soon as possible, even if it doesn’t have support from Repub​licans in Congress.

  • That includes 55% of all voters, 60% of non-college voters, 50% of Independents and 35% of Republicans, and 75% of Democrats.

“Americans are unified behind as large a stimulus package as possible. Period,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor to Invest in America. “No one outside of Washington cares about wonky Congressional procedures or the partisan breakdown of votes on Capitol Hill. They care about the public investments that will help to  put food on the table, to rescue businesses in peril, to keep first responders on the job, to open schools, and to get people vaccinated.”

More highlights from the poll below:

  • 69% of voters, including 55% of Republicans and 70% of Independents, prefer to pass more relief as soon as possible to support Americans who are struggling, rather than supporting Sen. Collins’ argument to wait and see what aid may be needed.

  • 69% of voters, including 55% of Republicans and 67% of Independents, support prioritizing as much relief as possible, rather than supporting Sen. Romney’s argument to shrink the cost of the relief bill to reduce the debt.

  • A plurality of Republican voters showed strong support for provisions that Senate Republicans tried to weaken or cut from President Biden’s covid relief plan:

  • More than half of respondents said that the amount of assistance in past COVID-19 relief bills has been too little.

    • 76% of Republican voters support increasing state and local funding

    • 70% of Republican voters support another round of direct checks

    • 63% of Republicans support expanding unemployment benefits

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.

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