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Biden’s Economic Plan Earns Majority Support in Republican Battlegrounds

Friday, July 30, 2021 By Bryan Bennett
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Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

Key takeaways

  • Many are pessimistic about both today’s economy and what’s to come.
  • There is consistent majority support for Biden’s economic plan—overall, with more information about how it is paid for, and for each component.
  • Expanding Medicare, cracking down on tax evasion, and raising wages for home care workers earn particularly strong, cross-partisan support.
  • The plan wins exchanges against conservative counterarguments on inflation, COVID, making the wealthy pay their share, and needed investments.

Across The Board, Americans Are Pessimistic About The Current Economy

Mainly Democrats Are Optimistic About What’s Next For The Economy

Some Concern About Inflation Pervades, While Non-Democrats Feel More Strongly

Majorities Nationwide And In Key Battlegrounds Support Biden’s Economic Plan

Adding Context About How The Plan Is Paid For Keeps Support Stable, Or Slightly Improves It

Medicare Expansion To Cover Dental, Vision And Hearing Most Popular Provision, And Majorities Of Independents Support All

Cracking Down On Tax Evasion And Increasing Taxes On The Wealthy Are Also Widely Popular

Each Proposal For Investment And Taxing The Wealthy All Earn Majority Support

Support For The Plan Increases Slightly After Proposals

The Plan Wins Across All Exchanges, Around Investment, Inflation, COVID, And The Wealthy Paying Their Share

About The Study

This release features findings from a multi-modal survey (landlines, cell phones, and text-to-web) of 1,000 likely 2022 midterm voters conducted July 19-25, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 400 New Hampshire voters, 400 Wisconsin voters, and 400 GOP leaning battleground congressional district voters (AZ-6, CA-21, CA-25, CA-39, CA-48, CO-3, FL26, FL-27, IA-1, IA-2, MI-3, MN-1, NE-2, NJ-2, NM-2, NY-11, NY-22, NY-24, NC-8, PA-1, PA-10, UT-4, VA-5). The margin of error at the 95% confidence level is +/-3.1%. The margin of error on sub-samples is greater.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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