Washington, DC, July 13, 2021 – A Reuters/Ipsos poll, which fielded July 7-8, 2021, asked Americans’ opinion on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan as well as several individual infrastructure proposals. It found that 46% of Americans support the plan. A previous poll fielded March 31-April 1, 2021, right after details of the package were released, found that 45% of Americans supported the $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package.
Support for the individual infrastructure improvement proposals included within the package benefited from strong support, particularly among Democrats. In particular, Americans support repairing or replacing American ports, railways, bridges, and highways (84%) and investing in supporting home-based care for the elderly or disabled (76%). As far as funding for these projects, though, Americans do not want the U.S. government to go into greater debt (only 35% support this) nor wish to pay more in taxes (only 37% support the idea) to fund infrastructure projects. The most popular proposal is providing incentives or tax credits to develop clean or renewable energy (68%).
Finally, if the plan were to pass into law, 51% of Americans believe it would have a very or somewhat positive income on the economy, similar to what was seen in the previous poll.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between July 7-8, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,004 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 437 Democrats, 375 Republicans, and 102 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, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 11.1 percentage points for independents.
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