While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others in her party are pushing for another multi-trillion-dollar stimulus bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it appears President Donald Trump’s approach is more popular among the American people.
According to pollster John McLaughlin, respondents to his latest survey were far more likely to support the Trump administration’s payroll tax cuts than the leading Democratic proposal.
“Out of touch”
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, McLaughlin explained what he saw as the significance of the findings, which he said demonstrate “how out of touch” Democrats in Congress have become.
More than 60% of those polled expressed disapproval of the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion, 1,800-page bill being pushed by Democrats that would provide free medical coverage for undocumented immigrants, the pollster said. More than half said they do not support granting legal status to such immigrants for the purpose of obtaining a job.
Asked whether they supported a plan that saves jobs or one that increases government spending, the results were telling. Sixty percent of respondents favored the former option while just one in four preferred the latter.
Even among self-described Democrats, McLaughlin noted that a payroll tax cut is more popular — by a 14-point margin — than the alternative.
“The Republicans have a huge opportunity to show the values difference between Pelosi liberals and mainstream Republicans,” McLaughlin added. “This is just basic, where’s your values.”
“Address it in a big way”
Pelosi and other elected Democratic officials continue to press for the massive spending bill, however. Last month, the House speaker called the coronavirus pandemic the “biggest disaster that our country has ever faced” and recommended decisive action.
“The president calls it a war – we’re all warriors, that people are dying in the war,” she said. “No, these are family, and people are dying in the family. We have to address in a big way. The American people are worth it.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded with a tweet calling Pelosi’s proposal “unserious,” going on to stress the president’s priorities.
She said that any coronavirus aid promoted by Trump “must prioritize Americans’ health and the nation’s economic prosperity.”
As the latest poll numbers seem to show, the White House is far more in tune with the citizens of the country than the Democratic-led House of Representatives.