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Roughly 7 in 10 know ‘just some,’ little or nothing about spending packages: poll

A new poll published on Sunday found that about 7 in 10 Americans know ‘just some’ or even less about what’s in both the Biden administration’s infrastructure and social spending bills. 

Despite 55 percent of respondents saying they were following negotiations about the bills at least somewhat closely, only 31 percent said they know a great deal or good amount about what’s in the legislation. 

Some 44 percent of respondents said they knew “just some” about what might be in the bills, while 25 percent knew little or nothing. 

The survey showed that 32 percent of Americans thought the bills would hurt people like them compared to 25 percent who thought it would help them. Meanwhile, 18 percent of respondents thought the bills would make no difference, and 24 percent said they didn’t know.

Even among Democrats, only 47 percent think the two bills, which are being negotiated by leaders in their party, would help people like them.

In terms of impact on the economy overall, 34 percent of people said that the bills would help while another 34 percent disagreed. Six percent of respondents said the bills would have no effect on the economy.

When divided by party lines, 68 percent of Democrats thought it would help the economy while 61 percent of Republicans said it would hurt the economy.

The survey was conducted on Oct. 29 and 30 with a sample of 514 adults and a margin of sampling error of 4.7 points.

Negotiations surrounding the infrastructure bill and the social spending bill have dominated Capitol Hill for months. Biden was unable to finalize negotiations and secure a win for his party before leaving for Europe last week, however Democrats say they are very close to a deal. 

After weeks of trying to get a pair of centrist senators to back a massive expansion of the social safety net, the question now is whether progressives in the Senate and House will support a scaled back version of the bill. 

Amid these legislative negotiations, Biden’s own approval ratings dropped to 42 percent in the latest NBC News poll released on Sunday. 

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