Poll: Majority of Americans oppose Trump-style infrastructure plan


A majority of Americans oppose the type of infrastructure proposal that has been floated by President-elect Donald Trump, which could further spell trouble for his promised $1 trillion package, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Sixty-six percent of respondents said they oppose a plan to offer nearly $140 billion in federal tax credits to private investors that back transportation projects, with 44 percent indicating they “strongly” oppose such a proposal and 22 percent “somewhat” against it.

Of the 29 percent of people who said that they support the plan, 11 percent are in strong support and 18 percent somewhat agree with the idea. Six percent of respondents had no opinion.

{mosads}The news poll — which sampled 1,005 adults and was conducted by phone from Jan. 12 to 15 — specifically mentioned that the proposal would mean that private companies “then could charge tolls for people to use these roads, bridges and transportation.”

Trump has not yet sketched out his promised infrastructure package in detail, but he proposed a blueprint on the campaign trail that would offer $137 billion in tax credits to private firms that invest in transportation projects. He claims such a proposal would unlock $1 trillion in investment over 10 years and would be quicker and cheaper than having the federal government in charge of rebuilding projects.

But chief critics of the plan say investors will only be attracted to projects that can recoup their investment costs using some sort of revenue stream, such as through tolls or user fees.

“We’d be willing to talk about an infrastructure bill,” Pelosi said during a news conference Friday. “As long as it’s a real infrastructure bill that rebuilds the infrastructure of America, creates good-paying jobs, increases the paycheck of American workers and is not a tax break at the high-end, disguised as an infrastructure bill.”

Trump promised to deliver an infrastructure plan to Congress within his first 100 days in office, but the timing is expected to slip amid competition with other GOP priorities like repealing ObamaCare and overhauling the tax code.

The proposal could also run into roadblocks in Trump’s own party, with many fiscal conservatives reluctant to endorse massive federal spending on transportation.

“I don’t know that we’ve all settled on $1 trillion, even the administration,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the new chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, during a recent “Newsmakers” segment on C-SPAN.

“If it’s $1 trillion in infrastructure, that is something that we would have to say there’s a portion of this that we’re not comfortable with and come back to the table.”

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