The Covid-19 Aid Bill goes to the Senate this week, where it faces significant opposition from Republican members who believe the move is too big and wasteful. Democrats, meanwhile, have emphasized how much people are still struggling in the face of the fallout from Covid-19, and note that this bill addresses that need.
Because of this disagreement, it is very likely that the auxiliary laws will only move forward with democratic support. And according to a new poll by Vox and Data for Progress, most people – including nearly half of Republicans – believe lawmakers need to get the $ 1.9 trillion bill off as soon as possible.
According to the poll, an overwhelming majority of likely voters are in favor of the swift passage of the larger Covid-19 relief bill pushed by Democratic lawmakers, rather than a more targeted bipartisan option. Democrats have proposed a $ 1.9 trillion package that includes $ 1,400 stimulus checks, a $ 400 weekly increase in unemployment insurance, and $ 350 billion in state and local aid. The $ 618 billion Republican bill, championed by a group of GOP lawmakers, would focus on vaccine funding, with fewer stimulus checks and lower unemployment support.
Overall, 62 percent of people returned the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package as quickly as possible, while 31 percent said they supported a targeted bipartisan option. Similarly, 83 percent of people said it was more important to give people the help they need than for lawmakers to find consensus on a stimulus package. Only 12 percent said that getting a bipartisan package was a higher priority. Democrats and Independents were more likely to be in favor of swift adoption of the $ 1.9 trillion plan, while Republicans were more divided at 47 percent and 47 percent for a smaller option, respectively.
These results suggest that the Democrats' larger stimulus proposal has widespread support and show that many people are more concerned with getting help for people who need it than with making sure the package is bipartisan.
The result is a reminder that many Americans are facing economic hardship – 18 million people received unemployment benefits at the end of January – and need additional relief to deal with the ongoing aftermath.
Interestingly, bipartisanism wasn't that important to most when it came to incentives, but respondents still valued the concept when asked about it more broadly. 49 percent of likely voters said it was important to them, while 39 percent said it wasn't a top priority. In that survey, Republicans (52 percent) and Independents (52 percent) were more likely than Democrats (43 percent) to say that bipartisanism was still very important to them.
These results suggest that a large number of likely voters place a high theoretical value on bipartisanism. However, when it comes to Covid-19 aid, getting much-needed help could outweigh it.
The poll was conducted between February 19-22 and polled 1,527 likely voters. It has a 3 point margin of error.