President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan is extremely popular with Americans. It is the cornerstone of his presidency. To see how that shakes out for people, the CBS News/YouGov poll discovered some interesting results.
The plan is so popular that word of it has spread far more quickly than on other legislative issues. President Biden has referred to it as his human infrastructure bill. Americans understand the need to repair crumbling bridges and bringing the internet into everyone’s home, but this is different.
Among the CBS News/YouGov Poll interviewees, 54 percent approve of the plan, even though only 10 percent of respondents know “a lot of the specifics” of the president’s plan. How can that be?
Having money and/or power does not make a person smarter. And Americans are far more intelligent than most of the rich and powerful Republican legislators recognize. President Biden’s larger infrastructure bill hits people where they live, with daycare, eldercare, and junior college tuition to name a few advantages.
The poll found that a mere 30 percent of the interviewees indicate that they did not understand the plan. Instead, 59 percent have heard about the $3.5 trillion supposed cost. As it currently stands, the bill pays for itself with monies from the wealthiest Americans and higher corporate taxes. A full 58 percent of the interviewees got that. The White House wrote:
‘The Build Back Better Agenda is an ambitious plan to create jobs, cut taxes, and lower costs for working families – all paid for by making the tax code fairer and making the wealthiest and large corporations pay their fair share.’
Only 40 percent understand that this bill would also lower Medicare drug prices, dental care, treatment for the eyes, and hearing expenses. That could be why 31 percent believe that the legislation would have no impact on them. That or they have fallen into the web of conservative media lies. An additional 36 percent of the interviewees say they thought that the bill would help them and their families.
Only 41 percent of the participants say they thought the president’s legislation would help improve the economy, though. There was 37 percent who indicate that President Biden and the Democratic Party plan to deal with issues they “care a lot about.”
There are three legs to the Build Back Better plan. They are lower costs, tax cuts, and jobs.
- Lower Child Care Costs
- Lower Higher Education Costs
- Lower Prescription Drug Costs
- Lower Health Care Costs
- Lower Housing Costs
- Tax Cuts for Families with Children
- Tax Cuts for Workers Without Children
- Workforce Training
- Clean Energy Jobs
- Investments in Teachers and Schools’
The biggest problem inside of the Democratic party appears to be the 10-year “cost” of $3.5 trillion dollars. With the slimmest of margins, the House can only lose three votes and the Senate can lose none to pass this legislation. Thus far, two Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have expressed negative feelings about the legislation.
The CBS News/YouGov’s Poll was conducted on October 6 and through October 8 with a random sample of survey 2,054 American adults. The margin of error was a positive 2.6 percentage point.
All poll images via CBS News/YouGov Poll.
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