PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: MAJORITY OF VOTERS SUPPORT INVESTMENTS LEFT FOR RECONCILIATION & LAWMAKERS WHO SUPPORT BOTH PACKAGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2021

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NEW POLL: MAJORITY OF VOTERS SUPPORT INVESTMENTS LEFT FOR RECONCILIATION & LAWMAKERS WHO SUPPORT BOTH PACKAGES

Overwhelming Majorities of Voters Support Investments in Clean Energy, Care, and Education — And Are Less Likely to Support Lawmakers Who Would Gut Those Investments To Pass Only One Bipartisan Deal

62% of Voters, Including a Majority of Independents, Support Passing the Investments in the American Jobs and Families Plans Together Through Reconciliation

58% of VotersIncluding a Majority of Independents, Support Investing Big Now to Create New Jobs and Kickstart the Economy; Aren’t Worried About Over-Spending and Inflation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a new poll from Invest in America and Data for Progress, an overwhelming majority of voters support infrastructure investments in clean energy, long-term care, and education — and would be less likely to support lawmakers who gut those essential investments in favor of passing only one bipartisan “hard” infrastructure package. The poll found that a majority of voters support passing these investments on a parallel track via reconciliation, with 62% saying they support passing the American Jobs and Families Plans on a partisan basis. The poll also found that voters aren’t worried about over-spending and inflation.

“The recent bipartisan infrastructure deal hasn’t dampened support or urgency for additional critical investments that will put millions of Americans to work. In fact, it’s quite the opposite,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “Voters want big, bold investments in traditional hard infrastructure — but also in clean energy, long-term care, and education. The bipartisan deal is a solid first step, but voters know we can’t afford to jeopardize our economic recovery by leaving millions of good-paying jobs on the table. We need to move forward on both tracks.”

Conducted of 1,183 likely voters between June 25-28, the poll found that:
  • 62% of voters, including a majority of Independents, support passing the investments in the American Jobs and Families Plans together through reconciliation
  • 67% of voters, including a majority of Independents, support investing in clean energy, modernizing the electricity grid, improving reliability, and funding new research
  • 77% of votersincluding a majority of Independents and Republicans, support investing in long-term care — providing care for seniors, those with disabilities, and increasing access to child care and early learning opportunities
  • 73% of votersincluding a majority of Independents and Republicans, support investing in education — modernizing our K-12 schools and community colleges
  • 68% of votersincluding a majority of Independents and Republicans, would be more likely to support a lawmaker who voted improve quality and lower cost of long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities, even passed on a partisan basis
  • 55% of votersincluding a majority of Independents, would be less likely to support a lawmaker who blocked those investments in order to pass a bipartisan investment in physical infrastructure alone
  • 58% of votersincluding a majority of Independents, aren’t worried about inflation, and think we should invest more now to create new jobs and kickstart economic growth.
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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