Nearly three-quarters of American voters support President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, a new poll from POLITICO and Morning Consult shows.
The poll, which surveyed almost 2,000 registered voters, comes nearly a week after Biden signed the comprehensive American Rescue Plan into law and just as millions of $1,400 stimulus checks are directly deposited into Americans’ bank by the Internal Revenue Service.
“The broad-based, bipartisan support for stimulus checks is evidence of the broad awareness that many Americans need a lifeline right now,” John Leer, economist for Morning Consult, said in a statement. “It’s no surprise the extension of unemployment benefits is also extremely popular: Americans acknowledge unemployed workers deserve additional financial support until job growth resumes.”
The poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 2%, showed 95% support among Democrats and 69% among independents. The Democrats, who narrowly control both houses of Congress, pushed the bill through without bipartisan support using the annual budget reconciliation process, which requires only a simple majority vote. No Republican in Congress voted in favor of the measure.
But nearly half of Republican voters disagree with their counterparts on Capitol Hill; 44% of GOP voters back Biden’s broad relief efforts while 48% oppose.
A majority of respondents supported both the stimulus checks and the extension of unemployment insurance of $300 weekly until September. The unemployment benefits were set to expire on March 14, but Americans largely still support efforts to bolster families who’ve lost work as a result of the pandemic.
Biden’s plan will also provide $350 billion to help state and local governments overcome pandemic-linked budget shortfalls; $130 billion to help schools reopen; more than $50 billion to boost vaccination and testing efforts; and tens of billions to help small businesses and restaurants hit hard by the pandemic.
The plan also temporarily expands the Child Tax Credit, from $2,000 per child to at least $3,000 spread out over year in monthly payments that will begin in July.