Surveys suggest the infrastructure bill is popular, but Biden and Democrats get no bounce


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President Biden says the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which he signed into law on Monday, will help economically struggling families amid the highest rise in inflation in three decades.

Despite our historic recovery, families are still feeling the pressure. The bipartisan infrastructure deal helps: – Reduce costs – Reduce bottlenecks – Get goods to market faster, “the president noted in a recent tweet.

Public opinion polls show that the $ 1.2 trillion package – the largest investment in the nation’s declining roads and bridges in decades – is getting the thumbs up from the majority of Americans. But so far – the bill passed by the Senate in the summer and the House passed earlier this month – is not helping Biden increase its flagging poll numbers or congressional Democrats hoping to retain a razor-thin majority in next year’s midterm elections.

What’s in the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package?

Over the next eight years, a package that includes more than $ 500 billion of new spending on “core” infrastructure projects – such as transportation, broadband Internet and electric utilities – is supported by 63% of Americans. ABC News / Washington Post The national survey was conducted after the final approval of the measure, November 7-10.

That support is accompanied by a USA Today / University of Suffolk A survey conducted in late August and a Quinnipiac University The survey was conducted in early October. But all three polls indicate a partisan divide, with a majority of Democrats and a solid number of independents supporting the bill, and most Republicans oppose it.

The president signed the infrastructure bill while congressional Democrats are struggling to approve social spending and climate change action, which the ABC News / Washington Post poll indicates is supported by 58% of Americans.

The problem for the president and his party – bills are more popular than they are.

Biden’s approval rating was 41% in a new survey, while disapproval was at 53%. But this is more than just a survey – the average of all recent surveys compiled by Real Clear Politics is 42% approved by the president and 53% disagreed.

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And Republicans have a 51% -41% advantage over Democrats in the ABC News / Washington Post poll on Generic Ballet, which asks respondents if they support an unnamed Democrat or Republican in their congressional district in the next election. It was the GOP’s biggest lead in midterm election voting preferences in the ABC News / Washington Post poll four decades ago.

Numbers in the new poll indicate a weakening of support for the president and his party among suburban and college-educated white voters, two groups that helped promote the 2018 blue wave, in which Democrats convinced the House to win and Biden’s victory in the 2020 election for then-President Trump.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the reelection arm of House Democrats, signals the signing of the Infrastructure Bill and the anticipated passage of a large spending bill as key selling points in their efforts to retain the House majority.

“One year from Election Day 2022, the key to our victory is clear: President Biden and House Democrats are delivering their promising, unified vision to American families, stabilizing the US economy and making robust investments in our future,” the DCCC memo said. Monday brought attention.

But the signing legislation does not have a proven track record in helping the president’s party retain control of Congress.

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 – the landmark legislative achievements of then President Barack Obama’s first two years in office – did not protect Democrats from extinction. The red tide of that year’s midterm elections was triggered by a tea party.

And his major domestic achievement in Trump’s first two years – the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – has not prevented Democrats from persuading the House next year.

“Any strategy based on the signature piece of the law often doesn’t work,” noted Wayne Lesparence, a senior political scientist. “There is something about American voters in the midwest, where voters have the opportunity to keep the party in power. That’s the norm. Signature pieces of legislation rarely provide a buffer against that tendency by voters.”

Lesperance, vice president of academic affairs at New England College, said: “It looks like the American people are really focused on their daily expenses, their kitchen table problems – how much it costs to put and fill food on the table. Your car with gas.”

And he said, “The challenge the Biden administration and the Democrats have is to show how this legislation can make people’s lives more affordable. And it’s not clear.”

The president will begin that effort diligently on Tuesday – as he travels to Woodstock, New Hampshire, to announce the benefits of the infrastructure package.

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