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How to Talk About the Child Tax Credit

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 By Isaiah Bailey
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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 from the survey

  • Biden and the Democratic Party are more trusted to rebuild the economy, and a growing share say it is “getting better.”
  • Americans broadly support making the child tax credit expansion permanent – especially when framed as a “tax cut for most families with children.“
  • Lowering healthcare costs and extending middle class tax cuts are seen as the Biden administration policies that are both most popular and will help communities most.

Biden Continues to Earn High Marks on His Handling of the Presidency, the Pandemic, and the Economy

Biden is now at net +14 overall, +33 on his handling of the pandemic, and +11 on his handling of the economy.

Vaccines, the Pandemic, the Economy, and Infrastructure Dominate Positive Conversation Around Biden This Week

With nearly three in four (71%) hearing “mostly positive” or an “equal mix,” on Biden, majorities of Democrats (92%) , independents (66%), and Republicans (50%) say the same.

Biden and Democrats More Trusted Than Republicans on Infrastructure

Among independents, Biden and the Democratic Party are more trusted across each of the measures tested, including by double digits on “improving healthcare” and “improving America’s infrastructure.”

Growing Share Say Economy Is “Getting Better”

Over the past month, there has been a 5-point increase in the share who say the economy is improving, though a third still say the economy “is getting worse.”

Americans Still Split Between Confidence and Unease on Personal Finances

Democrats (60% “confident”), Black Americans (63%), and Hispanic Americans (58%) report feeling the most confident about their personal finances, while Republicans are most likely to feel uneasy (60%).

Support for the “American Rescue Plan” Remains Broad

More than three in five independents (61%) support the plan.

Younger Americans, Women, Independents, and Rural Americans Hearing Least About Stimulus

Groups hearing the most about it include Northeasterners (52% hearing “a lot” or “some”), college-educated Americans (52%), those who live in union households (53%), Black Americans (54%), and liberal Democrats (54%).

Making the American Rescue Plan’s Child Tax Credit Expansion Permanent Is Broadly Popular

Nearly two in three Americans – and a majority of independents – support making the tax credit permanent.

Strongest Argument on Child Tax Credit Permanence Is a “Tax Cut For Most Families With Children”

Net support is 7-points higher for making this “tax cut” permanent, rather than this “child tax credit” (+32 net support, compared to +25).

Support Remains Broad for “American Jobs Plan”

One in five (22%) move toward supporting the American Jobs Plan after learning more about it: women (25%), rural Americans (25%), those who have most recently worked in the service industry (27%), independents (27%), and 18-34 year-olds (30%) move the most.

Lowering Healthcare Costs and Middle ClassTax Cuts Enjoy Highest Support and Are Seen as Key Community Policies

Half of respondents were asked if they support or oppose a range of policies proposed by the Biden administration, while the other half was shown the same policies and asked whether each would help people in their community or not. Healthcare, tax cuts, and support for home health workers rose to the top on both.

About This Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1000 registered voters conducted May 6-10, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 99 Hispanic voters, 102 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 96 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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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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