One of the major fictions that the Biden Administration has been trying to sell people is that their bills — the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better spending bonanza — are popular among the American people.
We’ve heard Biden say it, and here’s an example. He is saying it’s “overwhelmingly popular, overwhelmingly popular,” but the problem is, he also says that “not everyone knows” what’s in the plan.
Typical Joe Biden. How could it be overwhelmingly popular if they don’t know what’s in it?
But, is it true? Is anything they say true? Not much, and this one isn’t true, at least according to a new ABC poll.
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The ABC poll shows that most — while following the issues — don’t know what’s in both bills.
Although a majority (55%) of the public is following news about the negotiations at least somewhat closely, about 7 in 10 (69%) Americans said they know just some or little to nothing about what’s in both bills. Fewer than half (31%) said they know a great deal or good amount. [….]
That actually makes sense, since the text on the BBB just came out this week, so even if they have some idea and have been following closely, they might say they don’t actually know what’s in the bills. Also, they might not know what would be left in and what would be taken out, with all the negotiation going on. At this point, honestly, no one is truly sure what’s in it.
But Americans don’t feel like these bills are going to help them or the economy, if they were passed.
The ABC News/Ipsos poll, which was conducted using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel, found that a plurality (32%) of Americans think the bills would hurt people like them if they became law, while fewer (25%) think it would help them. Nearly 2 in 10 (18%) think the bills would make no difference, and 24% said they didn’t know.
Even among Democrats alone, fewer than half (47%) think the two bills would help people like them. A quarter of Democrats think the bills would make no difference for people like them and about 2 in 10 (22%) don’t know how they would impact their lives. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Republicans think the bills would hurt people like them, and so do about 3 in 10 (29%) independents.
The American public is evenly divided — 34% to 34% — over whether they believe these bills would help or hurt the U.S. economy if they become law. Very few (6%) think the bills would have no effect on the economy, and a quarter don’t know. Democrats are much more likely to think the legislation would help the economy if enacted than Republicans and independents, 68% compared with 7% and 29%, respectively.
So, it doesn’t exactly sound like Americans are pleading to get these bills passed, or that they’d be going to go after any politician who objects to them. Indeed, a lot of Americans object to them, and you have a plurality thinking they’re bad for the country. So, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and other moderates can rest easy in knowing that if they ultimately say no, it doesn’t sound like Americans are going to take it out on them; they just might thank them very much for their actions.
The thing is that if Americans knew more about them, they’d object even more.