GOP lawmakers have been in virtual lockstep in their opposition to President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure proposal as some leading Democrats have openly discussed once again using the budget reconciliation process to force the measure through Congress with a party-line vote.
As it turns out, however, doing so would fly in the face of what a majority of American people would like to see.
According to Breitbart, a new poll found that voters generally believe the plan — which would cost more than $2 trillion as proposed — should be passed as the result of a compromise between both parties.
Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 likely voters between May 3-4 for a poll with a margin of error of about 3%.
The question asked appeared to frame the subject in a favorable light, since only a small portion of the proposal would fund projects typically described as “infrastructure,” Republicans argue.
Pollsters asked respondents if they favored or opposed the “major plan to improve America’s infrastructure.”
According to the resulting data, 53% expressed support for the measure, compared to 35% who were opposed and 12% who were unsure.
Unpopular across the board
As Breitbart noted, however, only 29% of those polled said such a measure should be pushed through on a party-line vote by Democrats. Nearly 2 in 3 said they wanted to see an infrastructure plan result from a compromise that includes input from both parties.
Even among Democrats, 46% said they favored compromise whereas 45% would support a bill approved only by their own party’s representatives.
Similar results were recorded by supporters of the president, with half of those who said they “strongly approve” of Biden’s performance also showing support for a party-line vote on infrastructure spending. Just under 1 in 3 respondents who “somewhat approve” of the president would be on board for the strictly partisan pursuit.
Part of the backlash against the behemoth spending plan lies in the fact that much of what it contains does not fit the traditional definition of infrastructure. As the Heritage Foundation reported, only about 5% of the $2.25 trillion plan would address such projects with the rest largely earmarked for items from a progressive agenda list.
Biden campaigned as a unifying force for America and vowed to seek bipartisan solutions if elected, but he has yet to show the willingness to compromise with Republicans that would be necessary to make good on his promise.