A new report released by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a right-leaning think tank, found an upward trend in Americans who believed the government should be doing more.
In a 2020 Gallup poll, 54% of Americans said, “The government should do more to solve our country’s problems.” The results recorded by Gallup marked the first time in 20 years where a majority of respondents believed the government has a larger role.
The AEI report cited Pew Research and CBS surveys of U.S. adults regarding the size of government and the services it provides. A majority, 52%, of respondents said they would rather have a larger government with more services than one that is smaller with fewer services (45%), the AEI report read.
Polls have also found Americans are dissatisfied with the status of the nation’s infrastructure.
A YouGov poll conducted on March 24 found that a majority of respondents, 61%, believed infrastructure in their community was “okay,” “bad” or “terrible.” When these respondents were asked what they believed the status of the country’s infrastructure was as a whole, two-thirds answered “okay” or worse. Just 10% of respondents believed infrastructure was “great” in their communities and across the country.
A major theme of the Biden Administration has been false advertising:
Last month, it was the multi-trillion-dollar “COVID relief” bill that spent only 1% on vaccines.
Now it’s a multi-trillion-dollar “infrastructure” plan where roads and bridges are almost a rounding error.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) April 21, 2021
The disappointment in infrastructure notwithstanding, 44%, of respondents believed that “Democratic plans to spend over $4 trillion on what they are calling COVID-19 relief and infrastructure” was too much, according to Harvard Center for American Political Studies/Harris Poll conducted in March.
This helps partly explain why President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, even though it may have a lot more than just infrastructure, has a 57% approval rating, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted April 9–12, 2021. Of the respondents, 85% of Democrats, 47% of independents, and a quarter of Republicans approved of the president’s infrastructure plan. (RELATED: Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Is Fueled By Rolling Back Trump’s Corporate Tax Cuts)
NEW @npr POLL:
•53% overall approve of Biden’s job performance
•56% support (92% D, 51% I, 18% R)
•40% think it strikes right balance, 23% say it goes too far, 20% say not far enough
•65% Tax those earning $400,000 or more a year (90% D, 66% I, 32% R)
— val_mccabe (@val_mccabe) April 15, 2021
A March 26-29 Morning Consult/Politico poll found that voters would be more inclined to support Biden’s infrastructure bill if individuals above a certain tax bracket paid for it.
Of the respondents, 57% said they were more likely to support Biden’s infrastructure package if it was paid for by tax revenue from people making $400,000 per year. Nearly half responded the same way if a corporate tax rate would pay for the infrastructure program.