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Poll: 68 percent support passage of $1.9 trillion relief bill

A majority of voters support passing the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that's making its way through Congress, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Sixty-eight percent of registered voters in the March 5-8 survey said they strongly or somewhat support the package backed by Democrats. By contrast, 32 percent oppose the legislation.

The Senate passed the stimulus package on Saturday, and the House is expected to vote on the measure Wednesday. President BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE has said he'll sign the bill into law as soon as he receives it.

Ninety percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents support passing the legislation, compared with 55 percent of Republicans who oppose it.

No Senate Republicans voted for the bill, nor did any House Republicans support an earlier version.

The Senate-passed bill made some key changes from the House-passed measure, namely the removal of an increase to the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

A plurality of Democratic voters, 41 percent, said that exclusion makes them less likely to support passing the bill, while 34 percent said they were now more likely to support it. Twenty-four percent said it made no difference.

Overall, more voters said the changes made by the Senate made them more likely to support the bill's passage.

A recent Hill-HarrisX poll found that 64 percent of voters, including 89 percent of Democrats, support increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The most recent survey was conducted online among 2,839 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 1.84 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte