A strong majority of Americans support President Joe Biden‘s proposed $2.25 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan – and nearly two-thirds like the idea of wealthier Americans picking up the tab through increased taxes, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Thursday.
Overall, 56% of Americans back the infrastructure plan, while 36% oppose it, the poll found. Support was highest among Democrats, (92% approve, 3% oppose). Independents favor the bill by a 51%-38% divide, while Republicans oppose the package overall, with 74% opposed to the bill and 18% supporting it.
The survey is in sync with other recent polls on the spending behemoth, and the results are good news for a president who is pushing an aggressive (and pricey) legislative agenda as he nears the end of his first 100 days in office.
Republicans on Capitol Hill universally opposed Biden’s first spending plan, a COVID-19 relief bill that totaled $1.9 trillion for direct payments to taxpayers, vaccine distribution, extended unemployment benefits and other assistance to Americans recovering from the fiscal and physical impacts of the ongoing pandemic.