Majority of Americans say Trump is not giving infrastructure enough attention

Majority of Americans say Trump is not giving infrastructure enough attention
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A majority of respondents in a new poll say President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE is not providing American infrastructure with sufficient attention.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say the president, who unveiled a rebuilding framework earlier this year, is not giving infrastructure adequate attention, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday.

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Twenty-six percent said Trump is giving appropriate attention to infrastructure, while just 4 percent say the president is providing the subject “too much attention.”

“Despite the fact that the White House has declared an ‘Infrastructure Week’ many times over the past year, the American public sees very little concrete evidence that this is a priority,” Monmouth Director Patrick Murray said in a statement.

The Trump administration earlier this year released a rebuilding blueprint, but that proposal appeared to hit a wall in Congress this spring.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill ShusterWilliam (Bill) Franklin ShusterOvernight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks House passes bipartisan water infrastructure bill Stakeholder group urges Senate panel to fund Amtrak, Northeast Corridor MORE (R-Pa.), who is retiring at the end of his current term, still plans to roll out a bill this summer.

The Monmouth poll also found that a majority of Americans, 62 percent, say the federal government is not spending enough dollars on infrastructure projects.

Nineteen percent said the government is spending the “right amount,” while 9 percent said the government is spending “too much.”

Lawmakers in both parties have long been pushing for an infrastructure overhaul, but have disagreed over how to pay for a plan.

Trump’s proposal calls for $200 billion in federal funding that the administration argues would generate a $1.5 trillion investment by incentivizing local and private partnerships.

Democrats have dismissed the president’s plan, saying it skirts the federal government’s historic role in rebuilding and does not include enough federal dollars to have a meaningful impact on the nation’s infrastructure.

The Monmouth survey of 803 individuals was conducted from April 26-30 by phone. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.