Numerous polls have asked Americans about their priorities and infrastructure comes out low.
Now, this isn’t to say the infrastructure plan will necessarily hurt Biden’s popularity. Right now, more Americans support than oppose the bill.
An average of polls on the topic does find support a bit higher, with 54% favoring the bill to 23% opposing it. Nearly a quarter of the electorate was neither in favor nor opposed.
A 54% opening favorability for a bill is good, but it’s not close to the type of support Biden was getting for his coronavirus relief package. It’s also about equal to Biden’s overall job approval rating of around 55%.
Among these same pollsters, Biden’s Covid relief bill was far more popular than he was, with an average of 66% support to 19% opposition, with just 15% undecided.
The higher number of undecideds in the infrastructure bill makes sense. Unlike with coronavirus relief, infrastructure is not at the top of most Americans’ minds. The higher number of undecideds may also be an indication that opinions on the subject may be less entrenched than they were when it came to Biden’s Covid relief bill.
Moreover, the data suggests that those who are undecided are disproportionately Republican. This could mean that opposition might jump up as Republicans speak out against the bill.
That’s why it’ll be important to watch more moderate Democratic senators to see whether they waver. The lack of import that most voters are putting on infrastructure could work to their advantage.
If most Americans aren’t basing their votes on whether this infrastructure bill passes or not, there’s likely a better chance that Democrats will toe the party line on a package important to the President.