Three in 4 Democrats support a larger social spending bill over a scaled-back package, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday.
Seventy-five percent of Democratic respondents said they want Congress to pass a bill that enacts all the proposed social safety net and climate change policies, while 20 percent favored passing a bill that enacts fewer of the policies but cost less money.
Support for the larger bill is broadest among more liberal Democrats, with 84 percent of liberals supporting the larger bill. However, 67 percent of more moderate and conservative Democrats also held this view.
The poll comes as Democrats try to negotiate the social spending package, which is at the heart of President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE’s agenda, below its original $3.5 trillion price tag to attract the support of every Democrat in the Senate and an overwhelming majority in the House.
Late last month, Pelosi held off on bringing the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill up for a vote, a win for progressives that wanted to pass the bill with the larger spending bill.
Moderate Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Dems see path to deal on climate provisions Overnight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Sinema backs corporate minimum tax proposal MORE (D-Ariz.), the two key votes in the Senate, have been clear that they do not support the $3.5 trillion price tag for the social spending bill.
Overall, 41 percent of Americans support passing a larger version of the proposed bill, while 30 percent want a bill that enacts fewer policies. A separate 29 percent would prefer not passing any version of the bill.
Independents were more divided on which version of the bill to pass, with 36 percent supporting the larger package. Thirty-two percent supported passing a smaller bill, while another 32 percent supported not passing any version of the bill.
Thirty-nine percent of Republicans supported passing a smaller version of the bill, while 6 percent support the larger package. Most Republicans, 55 percent, support not passing any version of the bill.
The poll was conducted by SSRS from Oct. 7 to 11 among a random sample of 1,000 adults. The margin of sampling error is 4.2 percentage points.