PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: GANG OF 10 INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL NIXES POPULAR PAY-FORS IN FAVOR OF UNPOPULAR MIDDLE CLASS TAX HIKES, RAIDS ON COVID FUNDING

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June 15, 2021

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NEW POLL: GANG OF 10 INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL NIXES POPULAR PAY-FORS IN FAVOR OF UNPOPULAR MIDDLE CLASS TAX HIKES, RAIDS ON COVID FUNDING

71% Of Voters Oppose Increasing The Gas Tax To Find Infrastructure Investments — Republican Voters Oppose it By A 74 Point Margin

50% Of Voters Prefer A Partisan Infrastructure Package Paid For By Raising The Corporate Tax Rate Over Passing A Bipartisan Infrastructure Package Paid For By Raising American Rescue Plan Relief Funds By A +14 Point Margin

56% Of Voters Prefer Increasing The Corporate Tax Rate To Fund Infrastructure Investments Over Raiding American Rescue Plan Relief Funds By A +24 Point Margin

WASHINGTON, D.C.  New polling from Invest in America and Data For Progress finds that the Senate Gang of Ten’s proposal to pay for infrastructure by shifting tax burdens away from corporations and onto the middle class through a gas tax and user-fees like tolls is highly unpopular.

The poll also found that voters would prefer to pass a partisan infrastructure deal funded by increasing the corporate tax rate over a bipartisan infrastructure deal funded by raiding American Rescue Plan relief funding originally meant for keeping essential workers like firefighters, EMTs, and teachers on the job.

“It’s no accident that Senate Republicans are peddling highly unpopular pay-fors that burden the middle class — they’re doing it with the sole intent of tanking negotiations on the American Jobs Plan,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “President Biden has made it clear from the beginning that shifting the burden onto the middle class through a gas tax and user-fees is a non-starter, and clearly, voters agree. Senate Republicans would rather throw essential workers, the middle class, and American industries under the bus than make corporations and their wealthy donors pay their fair share. We can’t build back better by burdening the very Americans who need the most help to recover from the pandemic. ThisRepublican obstruction is leaving President Biden and Democrats with no choice but to move forward with reconciliation.”

Conducted of 1,175 likely voters between June 11-14, the poll found that:

  • 71% of voters, including 73% of Independents and 84% of Republicans, oppose increasing the gas tax to find infrastructure investments by up to a 74 point margin.
  • 65% of voters, including 68% of Independents and 76% of Republicans, oppose user-fees like tolls or a miles-per-traveled tax to fund infrastructure investments.
  • 79% of voters, including 78% of Independents and 59% of Republicans, support raising corporate taxes to fund infrastructure investments.
  • 65% of voters, including 69% of Independents and a plurality of Republicans, support increasing income taxes on individuals making more than $400,000 a year to fund infrastructure investments.
  • 69% of voters, including 71% of Independents and 51% of Republicans, support increasing the capital gains tax to fund infrastructure investments.
  • 56% of voters prefer increasing the corporate tax rate to fund infrastructure investments over raiding American Rescue Plan relief funds by a +24 point margin.
  • 50% of voters prefer to pass a partisan infrastructure package paid for by raising the corporate tax rate over passing a bipartisan infrastructure package paid for by raising American Rescue Plan relief funds by a +14 point margin. 
Read the full polling tabs and methodology here.

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources. 

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

About Data for Progress

Data for Progress is a progressive think tank and polling firm, which arms movements with data-driven tools to fight for a more equitable future. DFP provides polling, data-based messaging, and policy generation for the progressive movement, and advises campaigns and candidates with the tools they need to win. DFP polling is regularly cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and hundreds of other trusted news organizations.

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