Poll Finds Most Americans Want Infrastructure Paid for With Offsets

July 8, 2021 by Dan McCue
Poll Finds Most Americans Want Infrastructure Paid for With Offsets
In this April 16, 2020, photo work continues on a bridge on the Interstate Highway 75 project in Troy, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

WASHINGTON – Nine in 10 registered voters want federal infrastructure plans to be paid for with offsets, including clearly identified spending cuts or revenue raisers, a new Peterson Foundation poll found.

And the result holds true for 86% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 95% of Republicans, the nonpartisan fiscal watchdog says.

The national survey was conducted by the Global Strategy Group, a Democratic firm, and North Star Opinion Research, a Republican firm, June 22-24.

It also found that a majority of voters want lawmakers to make good on their promises to fully fund infrastructure investments, with 70% agreeing they do not want a federal infrastructure bill passed if it will increase the national debt.


This opinion was shared by 59% of Democrats, 66% of Independents and 84% of Republicans, the Peterson Foundation said.

The release of the poll comes as Senate Democrats eye a vote on the proposed bipartisan infrastructure plan, potentially as soon as the week of July 19.


At the same time, lawmakers are preparing a potential reconciliation bill that would include components of the $2.6 trillion American Jobs Plan outlined in March by the Biden administration.

In the past, Michael Peterson, the foundation’s CEO, has said lawmakers should work together to develop pay-fors that are legitimate and credible, in order to achieve the necessary cost savings to offset the cost of the proposals.

Commenting on the survey results on Thursday, Peterson said it underscores the fact Americans “across party lines understand that fiscal responsibility is an essential component of effective leadership and policy making.” 

“While bipartisanship is important, so is our high and rising national debt. As the White House and lawmakers pursue a bipartisan infrastructure package and potentially a larger reconciliation bill, voters are calling for our leaders to pay for their priorities,” he continued.


“Vast majorities of Americans understand that fiscal sustainability is essential for a stronger economy over the long term,” Peterson concluded.

The online poll included 1,000 registered voters nationwide. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%. 

A+
a-

In The News

Health

Voting

Opinion Polls

AP-NORC Poll: On Game Day, Some See Prayer as a Hail Mary

Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary. In fact, she said the prayer several times as... Read More

Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary. In fact, she said the prayer several times as she watched the 1986 Super Bowl, pairing the intercession to the Holy Mother with two other rosary staples — the Our Father and the Glory Be... Read More

Biden Approval Rises Sharply Ahead of Midterms: AP-NORC Poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s popularity improved substantially from his lowest point this summer, but concerns about his handling of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s popularity improved substantially from his lowest point this summer, but concerns about his handling of the economy persist, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Support for Biden recovered from a low of 36% in July... Read More

Americans Give Health Care System Failing Mark: AP-NORC Poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Emmanuel Obeng-Dankwa is worried about making rent on his New York City apartment, he sometimes holds... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Emmanuel Obeng-Dankwa is worried about making rent on his New York City apartment, he sometimes holds off on filling his blood pressure medication. “If there’s no money, I prefer to skip the medication to being homeless,” said Obeng-Dankwa, a 58-year-old security guard.... Read More

September 6, 2022
by Dan McCue
Residential Solar Firms See Boom in Passage of Inflation Reduction Act

DENVER, Colo. — Companies that install residential solar panels are feeling pretty bullish in the wake of the passage of... Read More

DENVER, Colo. — Companies that install residential solar panels are feeling pretty bullish in the wake of the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, telling researchers in a recent survey that they expect to hire an additional 340,400 workers over the next five years to meet... Read More

July 25, 2022
by Natalie McCormick
AARP Poll Suggests Midterms Will Be Nailbiters

WASHINGTON — A new poll of likely voters in the 56 most competitive congressional districts in this year’s midterm elections... Read More

WASHINGTON — A new poll of likely voters in the 56 most competitive congressional districts in this year’s midterm elections found that tight races will be commonplace, with Republicans currently holding an edge over Democrats with a sizable cohort of the electorate — voters over 50.... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: 2 in 3 in US Favor Term Limits for Justices

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 2 in 3 Americans say they favor term limits or a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 2 in 3 Americans say they favor term limits or a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices, according to a new poll that finds a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans saying they have “hardly any” confidence in the court. The poll... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top