Washington, DC, April 2, 2021 – President Joe Biden released his $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package, known as the American Jobs Plan, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. A new Ipsos poll finds that Americans are split on their feelings about the package, with 45% supporting, 27% opposing, and 28% who don’t know whether they support or oppose it. When breaking the plan down into its specific elements, Americans are most supportive of the repair or replacement of American ports, railways, bridges, and highways (79%) and investing in home-based care for the elderly or disabled (78%). Republicans and Democrats were most split on the plan to increase taxes on corporations and large businesses to pay for infrastructure improvements, with 86% of Democrats supporting this proposal. In contrast, only 43% of Republicans favor it.
Finally, 52% of Americans believe that if the American Jobs Plan were passed into law, it would positively impact the economy and Americans in general. Still, only 41% believe it would have a positive impact on them personally. Democrats were more likely to say this plan would have a positive impact. At the same time, Republicans were more likely to say it would negatively impact Americans, the economy, and themselves.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 31-April 1, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 445 Democrats, 398 Republicans, and 114 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 5.3 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.6 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.5 percentage points for independents.
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