New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Americans favor every key aspect of Biden's infrastructure plan

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Despite Republican opposition in Congress, majorities of Americans favor every key aspect of President Biden's new infrastructure plan, according to a new...
Yahoo News/YouGov poll.

The survey of 1,649 U.S. adults, which was conducted from April 6 to April 8, found that most (51 percent) say they would support "another big legislative package to invest in America's infrastructure and combat climate change"; far fewer (30 percent) say they would oppose it.

Both Democrats (80 percent to 8 percent) and independents (48 percent to 36 percent) favor such a package. Republicans are opposed, 58 percent to 22 percent.

Construction continues on a new $463 million Nice/Middleton Bridge in Newburg, Md. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Congressional Republicans have argued that the White House's definition of infrastructure is too broad. But when asked if legislation should solely address traditional infrastructure such as bridges and roads — which is the GOP's position — less than a quarter of Americans (22 percent) agree. More than twice that number (49 percent) side with the Biden administration and say that the next big bill from Congress should also tackle other types of infrastructure such as energy, water, housing, health care, manufacturing and communications systems.

And while the legislation's potential $3 trillion price tag is raising some eyebrows — slightly more Americans, for instance, say Congress should spend less (26 percent) or nothing (15 percent) on these proposals than say Congress should spend as much as it takes (36 percent) — opinion shifts in Biden's favor once the public learns that he plans to pay for it by raising taxes on corporations and Americans making more than $400,000 a year.

A full 56 percent of Americans support that funding stream — twice the number (28 percent) who voice opposition. Likewise, 55 percent of Americans favor a global minimum tax rate designed to help prevent multinational corporations from evading U.S. taxes by shifting profits to other countries; even more (65 percent) want to close loopholes that allow corporations to avoid U.S. taxes by putting their money in offshore banks;…
Andrew Romano
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