PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: OVERWHELMING MAJORITY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL & BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2021
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director
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NEW POLL: OVERWHELMING MAJORITY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL & BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA
66% of Voters — Including 62% of Independents — Support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
66% of Voters — 60% of Independents and 47% of Republicans — Support Passing the $3.5T Build Back Better Plan Through Reconciliation
Voters Don’t Buy Inflation Fear-Mongering — 57% Believe Government Should Be Focused on Investing in Americans to Create Jobs, Only 33% Believe It Would Inflate and Overheat the Economy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large bipartisan majority of voters support both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda, with 66% of voters supporting the passage of the latter through reconciliation, according to a new poll released today by Invest in America and Data For Progress. In addition, the poll found that voters want the U.S. to invest more to create new jobs and economic growth, demonstrating that voters are not concerned by Republican fear-mongering over inflation.
The poll was conducted with 1,254 likely voters from July 30 – August 2. Key findings include:
65% of voters, including 83% of Democrats, 62% of Independents, and 46% of Republicans, support passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.
66% of voters, including 85% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 47% of Republicans, support passage of the Build Back Better agenda through reconciliation
57% of voters believe that the U.S. should invest more to create jobs and economic growth, while only 33% were concerned that investments would create more inflation.
“Not only are the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda necessary to grow our economy, create jobs, lower taxes and reduce costs for families, they are incredibly popular,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America. “The evidence overwhelmingly shows that Americans want to both rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges as well as make critical investments in child care, education, caregiving, and clean energy.”
A majority of voters, including Independents and Republicans, support every provision in the Build Back Better agenda:
74% of voters, including 70% of Independents and 64% of Republicans, support repairing and modernizing K-12 school buildings.
72% of voters, including 72% of Independents and 59% of Republicans, support funding to modernize the electric grid and conduct new research.
63% of voters, including 56% of Independents and 50% of Republicans, support lowering the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60.
61% of voters, including 56% of Independents, support universal pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds.
62% of voters, including 56% of Independents, support two years of tuition-free community college.
64% of voters, including 62% of Independents, support paying for the plan by increasing the tax rate on large corporations.
67% of voters, including 60% of Independents, support paying for the plan by increasing the tax rate on Americans making more than $400,000.
67% of voters, including 58% of Independents, support paying for the plan by increasing the budget of the IRS to ensure that wealthy Americans pay what they owe.
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.
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.