PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: VAST MAJORITY OF VOTERS SUPPORT AID FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THROUGH AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

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March 2, 2021

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NEW POLL: VAST MAJORITY OF VOTERS SUPPORT AID FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THROUGH AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

Majority of Voters — Including Republicans — Support Aid For State And Local Governments As Part of Covid Relief Package By a +43 Point Margin

Support For State And Local Aid Grows Dramatically When Broken Down Into Its Components, Like Supporting Frontline and Essential Workers, Emergency Responders, And Vaccine Distribution

63% Of Voters Support State And Local Aid Even If It Increases the National Deficit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan majority of voters support aid for state and local governments as a part of the American Rescue Plan, even if it increases the national debt, according to a new poll released today by Invest in America and Data For Progress.

The poll also found that support for state and local aid grows dramatically when broken down into its components, like funding for essential and frontline workers, teachers and administrators, firefighters and law enforcement, unemployment insurance, public health programs, vaccine distribution, and infrastructure.

Conducted of 1,182 likely voters between February 23 – 25, the poll shows that voters across the political spectrum support support providing aid for state and local governments by a +43 point margin:

  • 69% of likely voters, including 64% of Independents and 53% of Republicans, support including aid to state and local governments in the Covid relief package

  • When provided with a breakdown of the components of state and local aid such as support for essential and frontline workers, emergency responders, and vaccine distribution, support grows to 85%, including 83% of Independents and 78% of Republicans. 

“After a devastating economic crisis and nearly a year without any additional federal aid, state and local governments are facing catastrophic budget shortfalls,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America. “That means essential workers have been laid off and fewer Americans are getting shots in arms.This is not viewed as a partisan issue in struggling communities across the country, and it shouldn’t be viewed as one in Washington either. Robust relief, including aid to state and local governments, is just incredibly popular. Period.”

More highlights from the poll below:

  • 63% of likely voters support providing aid for state and local governments in the next Covid relief package, even if it increases the national deficit. This includes 66% of Independents and 41% of Republicans.

  • Support for state and local aid is highly popular when broken down into individual components:

    • 90% believe aid is important for frontline health care workers

    • 90% believe aid is important for essential workers

    • 89% believe aid is important for firefighters and other emergency responders

    • 88% believe aid is important for law enforcement and other emergency responders

    • 86% believe aid is important for providing unemployment insurance

    • 85% believe aid is important for vaccine distribution

    • 79% believe aid is important for teachers and administrators

    • 74% believe aid is important for public transportation, highways, and roads

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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