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Significant majorities fear middleclass tax hikes, accelerated inflation, weaker economy
Arlington, Va. – Americans favor scrapping the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package currently under consideration by Congress, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by Americans for Prosperity on the public’s attitude toward the spending plan. The poll comes as President Biden and congressional leaders struggle to garner support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation package in the face of mounting concerns among key lawmakers and a broad swath of Americans across the country on the harms of the proposal.
By a 47-33 margin, Americans believe the spending bill would trigger higher inflation, increase the cost of living, and that congress should hold off on any new spending. Similarly, 46 percent of Americans believe the bill will make the economy weaker and should be scrapped entirely, while just 35 percent say it will help make the economy stronger. Almost half (45 percent) of Americans think they or their families would not benefit at all from this bill.
The poll was conducted by YouGov between Sept. 26 – 28 among 800 representative U.S. adults.
AFP President Tim Phillips issued the following statement:
“Washington may think this government takeover of the economy would cost ‘zero dollars,’ but the everyday Americans who will end up footing the bill know better. The Biden-Sanders $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend boondoggle would only lead to suffocating taxes on small businesses and the middle class, crushing debt on future generations, and runaway inflation that will drive price increases for everyday needs like groceries and fuel. Lawmakers should listen to their constituents and scrap the plan, full stop.”
The poll was commissioned by Americans for Prosperity.
YouGov is an international research, data, and analytics group headquartered in London with a proprietary web-based panel of over 8 million people globally.
YouGov interviewed 800 respondents from September 26-28, 2021. 848 respondents were matched down to sample of 800 to be representative the U.S. general population by age, gender, education level, race and region. The weight-adjusted margin of error is 4.1%.
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