PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL AND BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA, WANT THEM PASSED TOGETHER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2021
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director
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NEW POLL: VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL AND BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA, WANT THEM PASSED TOGETHER
69% of Voters — Including 66% of Independents — Support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
62% of Voters — Including 56% of Independents — Support Passing the $3.5T Build Back Better Plan Through Reconciliation.
82% Believe Infrastructure Deal Should be Passed in Tandem With Other Investment Priorities In the Build Back Better Agenda
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large bipartisan majority of voters support both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda, with 69% supporting the former and 62% 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 believe it is important to pair investments in infrastructure with other priorities like lowering health care costs and providing seniors with long-term care.
The poll was conducted with 1,193 likely voters from August 13 – August 16. Key findings include:
69% of voters, including 81% of Democrats, 66% of Independents, and 57% of Republicans, support passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.
62% of voters, including 83% of Democrats, 56% of Independents, and 41% of Republicans, support passage of the Build Back Better agenda through reconciliation.
- 82% of voters believe that it is important for the U.S. to invest in initiatives in addition to physical infrastructure, including expanding educational opportunities, and strengthening the social safety net.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda are necessary to grow our economy, create jobs, lower taxes and reduce costs for families — but on top of that, they are both incredibly popular,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America. “The evidence clearly and consistently shows that Americans don’t want to choose. They want to both rebuild our crumbling physical infrastructure 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:
82% of voters support investing in long-term care for seniors.
76% of voters support funding to modernize the electric grid and conduct new research.
73% of voters support modernizing K-12 schools and facilities.
61% of voters support universal pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds.
61% of voters support the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps.
58% of voters support two years of tuition-free community college.
- 58% of voters support ensuring a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States.
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.