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Americans are far from convinced by Democrats’ spending plans, polls show

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Americans are far from convinced by Democrats’ spending plans, polls show

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As Congressional Democrats work overtime to pass a massive social spending and human infrastructure program, some of the most recent opinion polls indicate the bill may not have the support of most Americans .

And while the specific provisions included in the overall proposal appear to be popular with much of the public, polls suggest that many people believe the measure will not improve the economy or have a positive impact. on their own life.

Pressure from Congress Democrats, who hold very slim majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate, to pass their spending bill along party lines using a parliamentary process known as reconciliation, comes at the same time they are trying to pass in the House a separate infrastructure bill that has been passed by the Senate with bipartisan support.


Americans were divided (34% to 34%) on whether the two bills would help or hurt the economy, according to an ABC News / Ipsos poll conducted October 29-30. About a quarter of those polled did not know how the measures, which cost around $ 3 billion combined, would impact the country’s economy.

President Biden arrives to meet with House Democrats at the United States Capitol on the two spending bills on October 28.
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But when it comes to their own personal finances, more Americans say they are concerned about the potential ramifications of spending programs. The poll found that a plurality of respondents, around 32%, said the bills would hurt people like them if they became law, compared with a quarter who thought the measures would help them. Almost a fifth of those polled said bills would not make any difference in their life, with a quarter not sure.

Even Democrats polled were lukewarm about the impact of spending bills: only about half, or about 47%, said the measures would help people like them. A quarter of Democrats said the bills would have no noticeable effect on people like them, and about two in 10 said they were unsure how it would impact their lives.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of Republicans said the bills would hurt people like them, with about three in 10 independents (29%) agreeing.

The survey also suggested that many Americans were unsure of exactly what would be included in the two laws. About seven in ten said they knew little or nothing about the content of the two bills. Only 31% said they knew much or much of the content of the measures.


After two months of intra-party negotiations between the White House and Congressional Democrats, President Biden last week unveiled what was in the light of what his administration calls the “Build Back Better” package.

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House Representative Joe Neguse, D-Colo., Speaking after a House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on November 2.
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The proposal allocates $ 1.75 trillion in new spending for initiatives such as universal preschool, a one-year extension of the child tax credit, expanded tax credits for Medicaid and for clean energy, among others. In particular, it excludes progressive priorities such as tuition-free community college, paid family leave, and Medicare coverage for vision and dental care. The package also included significant funding for new initiatives to tackle climate change.

The $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate includes $ 550 billion in new funding for traditional projects like roads, bridges and public transit.

Fox News ‘most recent nationwide poll, conducted Oct. 16-19 before the president’s announcement, also indicated a lack of strong support for Democrats’ spending measures.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., At the Capitol on Thursday.
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When asked if the $ 3.5 trillion in new spending proposed by Democrats (the cost price at the time, which has since been cut in half) would have an impact on the economy, four in 10 said said it would hurt the economy, 38% said the initiatives would have and one in five said they would have no impact.


Two-thirds of Democrats polled said the spending would help, while two-thirds of Republicans said it would hurt them. A quarter of independents surveyed said the spending would help the economy, with 36% saying it would hurt and 35% being unsure.

Pressure from Democrats to pass the spending measures also comes as the most recent polls show increased concerns among Americans about rising inflation in recent months.

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