Two thirds of Americans say they support President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Wednesday poll.
Only 24 percent oppose the stimulus bill, although opposition varies along party lines, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. While only three percent of Democrats are opposed to the stimulus bill, 25 percent of independents and 47 percent of Republicans are against it.
The poll shows stronger support for the $1,400 stimulus checks to households than for the stimulus bill as a whole. When asked about the checks, 64 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of independents were in favor. Democrat support declined slightly to 90 percent approval and seven percent disapproval.
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Support for the stimulus checks is largely the same across all age groups. Voters aged 50 and older were less supportive than younger voters of the stimulus bill as a whole.
The poll also asked voters about the Biden administration’s initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. Voters differ strongly along party lines: 88 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents approve of the minimum-wage increase, while 66 percent of Republicans oppose. (RELATED: The Left’s Unhinged Reaction To $15 Minimum Wage Legislation)
The minimum-wage proposal has been criticized for its possible negative economic impact and faces party-line divisions in Congress. Democrats are considering a bypass procedure known as reconciliation to overcome Republican opposition, according to The Hill.
This would allow a simple majority to pass the minimum-wage increase in the Senate. However, Democrat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has declared his opposition to the $15 minimum wage, jeopardizing the Democrat majority in a chamber split 50-50 along party lines.
The poll ran Jan. 28 through Feb. 1 and included 1,075 U.S. adults nationwide. It had a margin of error of three percent.