Story at a glance
- An AP/NORC poll shows a majority of Americans — from both parties — support aspects of President Biden’s infrastructure plan.
- Improving highways and other transportation infrastructure leads in popularity, though debate ensues over how to pay for it.
- On Wednesday, the bill failed to reach a vote to begin congressional debates.
President Biden’s hallmark infrastructure bill may have hit its first snag in Congress as Republicans in the Senate blocked the vote, but new national data implies strong bipartisan support for the bill and its contents.
A new AP/NORC poll reports that 59 percent of U.S. respondents said that improving infrastructure should be a priority in Washington, and they support financing the construction by taxing individuals and corporations with a net income of more than $400,000.
Some of the categories of possible infrastructure projects that garner the most bipartisan support include more funding for roads, bridges and shipping ports. Some 79 percent of Republican-identifying respondents reported favoring these infrastructural improvements, with 87 percent of Democrat-identifying respondents agreeing.
And 80 percent of Independent-voting respondents also supported these projects, bringing the overall average percentage of support to a strong majority of 83.
Increased funding for water pipe repairs to support drinking water infrastructure also garnered broad bipartisan support, followed by funding for caregivers for elderly individuals, funding preschool programs and funding for affordable housing development.
More Democratic and Independent respondents advocate using tax revenue from wealthy households or corporations to fund these infrastructure repairs than Republicans.
This divide comes from Republican party ideology that believes taxing corporations would hinder economic development.
The recent vote for Biden’s infrastructure bill, which would cost roughly $1.2 trillion, was 49-51. It required 60 votes to push the legislation forward.
Some of the points of contention that emerged during negotiations are Democrats’ advocacy for environmentally friendly infrastructure, like electric car charging stations and electric railways, which are unpopular starters for Republicans.
Other polling results echoed AP’s results, with a HarrisX/No Labels survey suggesting 72 percent of voters across 33 congressional districts support the bill as lawmakers still work to negotiate details within the infrastructure package.