Polls: Every American Including The Crazy Ones Wants MORE STIMMY ALL THE STIMMY
Tuesday, congressional Democrats started the ball rolling to use the budget reconciliation process to pass Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion "MONEY FOR MERICA PLEASE" plan. That way, it can get through the Senate without any worries of a Republican filibuster. The move is already generating some heavy dramatic sighs about "unity" and "bipartisanship" from Republicans who thought nothing of bulldozing the 2017 tax bill through by using reconciliation, which tells you all you need to know about how seriously to take those Very Serious Concerns.
For instance, on "CNN's State of the Union" Sunday, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) fretted that if the stimulus bill were passed by reconciliation, then that might "poison the well" and make bipartisanship impossible on other issues, and wouldn't it be a shame if Biden made Republicans not cooperate with him? Host Dana Bash had to remind Portman he hadn't raised any such concerns in 2017 when Republicans tried to use reconciliation to repeal Obamacare, to which he replied that Biden certainly shouldn't go to reconciliation "right off the bat" — again, as if any Republicans in Trump's first year sought a bipartisan plan to murder Obamacare first. For real laughs, you could also see Mitch McConnell bemoaning Dems' decision to pursue a "totally partisan path." Poisonous old hate-tortoise.
Or there's this jerkoff, remember him?
If Senator Graham can't recall the 2017 Tax Cut For Rich Fuckwads, and all the fun they had hand-writing the bill in the draft margins, we think he should see a neurologist.
Happily for President Joe Biden and the Democrats, virtually all the polling on the stimulus, and on coronavirus policy generally, tends to support this read from Sen Brian Schaatz (D-Hawaii).
Regular people don’t care whether we pass something with 51 or 60 votes. It’s a pandemic and the largest economic c… https://t.co/IaMgX933ZX— Brian Schatz (@Brian Schatz) 1612114281.0
Let's hear it for Brian Schatz and the Get The Damn Stimulus Passed caucus.
Get It Passed, However You Do It
In a nice bit of timing, a little YouGov poll published Tuesday almost perfectly illustrated Schatz's point — or for all we know, may have been inspired by it. Bipartisan support in Congress? Pfft, respondents said, we want the next round of stimmy checks to be similar to previous rounds, and we don't care so much how it gets passed. 53 percent of respondents said keeping roughly the same qualifications for the stimmy payments should be Biden's top priority, while only 21 percent thought Biden should seek a bipartisan bill, even if that means fewer Americans get checks. (Just to remind you, the latter is the GOP position.)
Give Americans Money And They'll Figure Out How To Use It
Support for the payments themselves is, not surprisingly, quite broad, because unlike Republican senators, Americans seem to have noticed that times are tough right now, and could we please get this thing passed, because people are hurting. A recent poll by Data for Progress and The Lab (a nonprofit policy shop) revealed wide support for direct payments, even across party lines. 81 percent of voters overall said they supported a new one-time direct payment of $2,000, and 74 percent of Republicans did, too.
The real surprise, though, is that by a large majority, voters also think we should go farther than just a one-time direct payment, with 60 percent saying they'd support monthly payments of $2,000 to Americans for the duration of the pandemic. Not surprisingly, that support was strongest among Democrats and independents (76 percent and 57 percent respectively), but even Republicans were pretty closely split on the idea, with 46 percent supporting the idea and 47 percent opposing it.
For that matter, 62 percent of those polled favored making such $2,000 monthly payments retroactive for months in which no stimulus was given, which would be an incredible boost to Americans' buying power. Republicans were slightly more open to that idea, with 49 percent in favor, 43 percent opposed.
Yes, nearly half of Republicans support a monthly stimmy check for every American during this crisis. How's that for bipartisan? And could we get those particular Republicans to talk to their leaders please?
Go Big! Go Bigger!
In other recent polling, Data For Progress found wide support for a hypothetical economic stimulus package that would "send stimulus checks to most Americans, renew and extend expanded unemployment insurance, create clean energy jobs, and rebuild the nation's infrastructure while addressing climate change" — pretty much a melding of parts of Biden's actual "MONEY FOR MERICA PLEASE" plan and his Build Back Better infrastructure/green jobs proposal. To make things interesting, those polled were randomly given two price tags for the plan: $2 trillion, which is close to the actual $1.9 trillion stimmy now moving through Congress, and $4 trillion, which is larger than any actual proposals.
Surprise! Each idea was supported by very wide, nearly identical margins.
Among all likely voters, the $2 trillion plan is backed by a 49-percentage-point margin, while the $4 trillion plan enjoys a 44-point margin of support. Among voters that self-identify as Democrats, the $4 trillion proposal is actually two-points more popular than the $2 trillion proposal. While we find that a $2 trillion package is modestly more popular than the $4 trillion in spending among likely voters that self-identify as Independent / Third Party and Republican, the latter plan still enjoys majority support from both groups.
Our own non-pollster interpretation, we'll add, is that a pretty substantial portion of those polled were less interested in specific dollar amounts than in saying they really want the government to be doing a hell of a lot more than it has been to help Americans get through this mess.
But that's another thing there's wide agreement on: A Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that big majorities of Americans support all parts of Biden's agenda for dealing with the coronavirus, and a Monmouth University poll found that 71 percent of Americans said they think congressional Republicans should work with President Biden, with only 25 percent saying the GOP's goal should be keeping Biden in check. Digging down into the data, we even see that folks who identified themselves as conservative also narrowly favored cooperation, with 49 percent choosing "work together" and 46 percent emphasizing "Keep Biden in check." Is that just new-president honeymoon optimism? Could be! But while it's for damn sure not a poll of Republicans in Congress, it does at least suggest Biden won't be faced with torches and pitchforks for his stimulus package.
Get it done, then!
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