Almost 6 in 10 support Biden’s American Families Plan: poll
A majority of Americans support President Biden’s proposed American Families Plan, a $1.8 trillion measure he is asking Congress to fund to help working people receive the benefits they need as the country tries to move on from the coronavirus pandemic.
Fifty-eight percent of voters surveyed say they support the package, according to a new Morning Consult poll released this week. Among party lines, 86 percent of Democrats who responded say they back the plan, compared with 54 percent of independents and just 25 percent of Republicans.
“To win that competition for the future, in my view, we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children,” Biden said of the plan during his address to Congress last week. “That’s why I introduced the American Families Plan tonight, which addresses four of the biggest challenges facing American families and, in turn, America.”
Those challenges, Biden said, are better education, access to quality, affordable child care, an upgrade in paid medical leave for working parents and a tax credit for working families.
“In addition to my families plan, I’m going to work with Congress to address this year other critical priorities for American families,” Biden said. “The Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for millions of Americans, protecting people with preexisting conditions, protecting women’s health.”
More than 3 in 5 voters in the survey said they support child care subsidies for low- and middle-income workers and free preschool for children under the age of 5. Two years of free community college was backed by nearly 60 percent of respondents.
The least popular measure in the plan polled, two years of subsidized tuition for low- and middle-income students at historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions, was supported by 56 percent of all respondents.
The Morning Consult poll was conducted April 30-May 3 among 1,991 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.