71% of Americans say they WON’T support Biden’s $3.5T reconciliation package if it increases their taxes, new poll finds
- Voters say they would be less likely to back President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending plans if they led to higher taxes, according to new poll
- Trafalgar poll for conservative Convention of States Action asked more than 1000 likely general election voters about the plans
- A majority said they did not want to see anything that increased their taxes or the national debt
- The White House has said that only the nation’s wealthiest face higher tax bills
- Biden travels to Michigan on Tuesday to sell his Build Back Better agenda
More than 70 percent of Americans say they would be less likely to back President Biden’s signature $3.5 spending plan if it meant higher taxes, according to a poll published on Monday for a conservative campaign group.
The White House insists only the wealthiest Americans and the nation’s biggest companies face bigger tax bills under the Build Back Better plan.
But the findings show the fine line Biden must tread with his overhaul of public spending already stalled by party infighting.
‘Independents and Republicans oppose this bill by huge majorities, as do fully half of Democrats,’ said Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States Action, which commissioned the poll.
‘Almost nobody supports Biden’s runaway spending spree, and folks are outraged that — with everything else they’ve had to endure with this failed presidency — increasing taxes and adding to our astronomical debt are actually on the table.’
The survey of more than 1000 likely general election voters by Trafalgar, a Republican-leaning firm, found that 71.5 percent took a negative view of Biden’s plans if they ‘knew it increases taxes and the national debt.’
One fifth said those aspects would make them more supportive.
President Biden hits the road on Tuesday to sell his Build Back Better plan to the American people after a poll on Monday revealed that more than 70 percent of likely voters will not support the $3.5 trillion spending measures if it increases taxes and the national debt
The Trafalgar Group polled more than 1000 people for the conservative group Convention of States Action
Last week, Biden made a rare trip to Congress to try to keep his legislative agenda on track
The number includes just over half of Democrats who said that increases in taxes or the national debt would make them less likely to back the measures.
The plans are currently on hold as Biden prepares to hit the road to sell his proposals to expand health benefits and free education, while the House has paused progress on his infrastructure bill.
As it stands, the Build Back Better plan increases the top corporate tax rate by 5.5 percentage points, to 26.5 percent, and the top individual rate by 2.6 points, to 39.6 percent.
It also includes a 3 percent surcharge on individual income above $5 million.
But centrist Democratic senators – Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona – who have held up progress say the plans are too generous and the tax hikes are too steep.
Even so, the White House believes the plans are popular. Officials last week circulated a memo citing polls suggesting the packages had public support.
‘As we enter the final phase of legislative negotiations over the president’s economic package – the evidence is overwhelming that the wind is at our backs and the public is eager for both of these packages to become law,’ it said.
‘Like President Biden, they know that we can’t just return to where we were before the pandemic – we need to Build Back Better with investments in jobs, economic competitiveness, and confront the existential threat of climate change, all while lowering prices on health care, prescription drugs, and other essentials for working families.’
The document quoted a Fox News poll that found 56 percent of registered voters supported the $3.5 trillion bill with 39 percent opposed.
Another recent poll, commissioned by allies of the president, found that a majority of voters across 13 states supported the plans.
The numbers give a sense of the challenges facing Biden as he attempts to sell his legislative agenda to the American people.
His ‘Build Back Better’ plan is struggling to make its way through Congress as centrists push back against tax increases and demand a more modest proposal.
Meanwhile, progressives are refusing to vote through a smaller $1.2 trillion overhaul of the country’s crumbling infrastructure until they can be certain Biden will get his bigger plan approved.
This president hits the road this week, taking his message to Michigan, a state he flipped from Republican to Democratic in 2020, while other White House officials are expected to fan out across the country.