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Most Say The American Rescue Plan is Having a Positive Impact

Tuesday, April 20, 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.

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,256 registered voters conducted April 8-12, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 97 Hispanic voters, 100 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 92 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

Key takeaways

  • With a majority hearing about the “American Rescue Plan,” seven in ten continue to support it and a majority believe it has had or will have a ”positive impact” on them.
  • Awareness of the Rescue Plan remains low with a number of important constituencies.
  • Positive ratings of the state of the economy and confidence in personal finances have risen since passage of the Rescue Plan.

Support for the “American Rescue Plan” Remains Broad

Support for the American Rescue Plan has hit its highest level among independents of the last three months (73%).

A Majority Say Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” Has Had a “Positive Impact” on Them

Even a narrow plurality of Republicans (34%) think the American Rescue Plan will have a positive impact for them.

Slight Uptick in the Share Hearing About the “American Rescue Plan” Since March

After awareness of the American Rescue Plan dropped a bit in late March, it has ticked back up to a majority
hearing “a lot” or “some” in this week’s survey

Younger Americans, Service Industry Workers, White NonCollege, and Independents Hearing Least About Stimulus

Groups hearing the most about it include liberal Democrats (65% “a lot” or “some”), college-educated Americans (65%), white collar workers (64%), Black Americans (61%), and parents (58%).

Three in Ten Now Rate Economy Positively

Since March 1st, there has been a 12-point increase in the share who say the economy is “excellent” or “good.”

  • The greatest increases have been among Democrats (up 20 points, from 20% to 40%), Asian Americans (19 points, from 13% to 32%), Black Americans (14 points, from 26% to 40%), and independents (13 points, from 19% to 32%).

Growing Share Express Confidence in Personal Finances

While Americans are still split on how they feel about their personal financial situation in the coming months, there has been a 9-point increase since March 1st in the share who say they feel “confident.”

  • Since March 1st, there has been a 13-point increase in the share of independents who feel “confident.”

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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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