New Biden Policy Approval Polling Has Republicans Running Scared

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A new survey conducted by Data for Progress reveals support from majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans for four key components of a new bipartisan infrastructure spending proposal. As phrased by the survey itself, these pieces of the deal include “repairs to existing energy infrastructure,” “clean energy technologies,” “internet access for rural communities,” and “public transit expansion.” The high levels of support for these policy efforts by the Biden administration suggest that Democrats are posed to do well in the upcoming midterm elections, since Democrats and their policies are remaining overall more popular than Trump was in office, based on surveys.

Repairs to energy infrastructure and expansions of rural internet access received the highest levels of support from Republican respondents, with 71 percent in favor of each move. Meanwhile, 56 percent of Republicans backed expanding public transit, while 53 percent of Republicans supported work on clean energy technologies. Across other groups, support for all four elements of the bipartisan plan never sunk below 70 percent. Based on this survey, there’s high public interest in enacting the proposals that have been put forward.

Notably, putting these infrastructure spending plans into action would lead to the creation of significant numbers of accessible jobs around the country, further helping boost the national economy, which has already been buoyed by policy moves from the Biden administration like the economic relief package known as the American Rescue Plan. Increasing levels of vaccination against COVID-19 have also helped support the economy and the people who rely on it, since these vaccinations have helped slow the progression of the pandemic in the United States, allowing people to operate more in tandem with what they may have been used to from before the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the infrastructure spending proposals — which Congress plans to take up for formal consideration in the near future — aren’t the only parts of the Biden agenda that have recently polled well. As reported by Vox, a Data for Progress survey in April found that over 60 percent of respondents “supported requiring nonpartisan redistricting commissions, a 15-day early voting period for all federal elections, same-day registration for all eligible voters, automatic voter registration for all eligible voters, and giving every voter the option to vote by mail” — all of which is in line with voting rights protections that Democrats in Congress have tried to enact. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group within the GOP that works on Senate races, recently claimed that Democrats’ voting rights push was “not what the public agrees with” — but polling shows otherwise.