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The Public Prefers a Larger, Comprehensive Infrastructure Bill

Thursday, July 8, 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

  • Majorities prefer an infrastructure plan that goes beyond roads and bridges and does what is necessary to fix the country’s infrastructure, even if it lacks bipartisan support.
  • As Americans remain pessimistic about the economy, a majority want the federal government to do more to improve it.
  • Proposals to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations to fund infrastructure are popular, while most are concerned about Republicans blocking these proposals.


Americans Remain Pessimistic About the National Economy, But Split on Their Personal Finances

  • Since mid-June, two in three continue to rate the economy as “not so good” or “poor,” and roughly half are still “uneasy” about their personal finances.

Biden and Democrats More Trusted to Improve Infrastructure and Rebuild the Economy

Overall, Biden and Democrats have a 17-point trust advantage over the Republican Party on improving America’s infrastructure, with a 4-point trust advantage on rebuilding the economy.

  • • Among independents, while Biden and Democrats have a 19-point advantage on infrastructure, Republicans hold a 5-point advantage on rebuilding the economy

Three in Four Continue to Support the “American Jobs Plan”

Support for the “American Jobs Plan” remains at net +53 when it is described.

  • A majority of independents (68%) and Republicans (52%) support the plan after hearing more about it.

Americans Prioritize Infrastructure Legislation That Goes Beyond Roads and Bridges, Even If It’s Not Bipartisan

More than three in five would prefer new infrastructure legislation that goes beyond roads and bridges, and nearly the same share would prefer a focus on getting something done even if it’s not bipartisan.

  • Almost two in three (63%) independents want infrastructure legislation beyond roads and bridges.

Steady Majority Say the Federal Government Needs to Do More to Improve the Economy

Republicans are more likely than they were a year ago to say the government is doing too much (from 15% to 26%).

More Are Concerned the Government Will Spend Too Little on Infrastructure Rather Than Too Much

Among independents, a majority (55%) are more concerned the government “won’t spend enough on
infrastructure”; even among Republicans, more than one in three (34%) are more concerned it won’t spend enough.

Regardless of How It’s Framed, Majorities Support Raising Taxes on Corporations and the Rich to Pay for Infrastructure

When contextualized in language of either just raising taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans to “pay their fair share” or also invoking Democratic tax cuts, at least three in five are favorable to either approach.

Republicans Preventing a Tax Increase on the Rich and Corporations Is Concerning, Especially If Replaced By Gas Tax

Among independents, 60% find Republicans blocking any tax increase on corporations and the rich concerning.

A Gas Tax to Pay for Infrastructure Is Deeply Unpopular

Regardless of partisanship or race, Americans universally oppose a gas tax to fund infrastructure legislation.

  • Among independents, support for a gas tax is at net -39.

About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted June 24-28, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 100 Hispanic voters, 101 African American voters, 101 independents without a partisan lean, and 71 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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