A poll by Bright Line Watch, a political science research project, found that both Democratic and Republican voters are supportive of a new COVID-19 relief bill passing through Congress.
In the survey, the researchers asked the participants what they felt about a hypothetical politician who supported the passage of $500 billion in pandemic relief in comparison to another hypothetical politician who opposed it.
All voter demographics were largely supportive of the candidate who wants coronavirus relief. Republicans supported the politician by 11 points, independents by 12 points and Democrats by 18 points. (Related: Noted economist warns Biden’s massive COVID stimulus will lead to exploding inflation and high interest rates across America.)
The Bright Line Watch survey was conducted between Jan. 28 to Feb. 8. It involved around 2,700 participants who were selected and weighted to be representative of the American adult population. The participants were supplemented by 527 “political science experts” across different subfields who also took part in the survey.
The survey also included a variety of other questions. These included whether or not voters were confident in the integrity of the 2020 elections, whether former President Donald Trump should be allowed to run for office again and whether Trump should be impeached even after he has voluntarily left the office.
Other surveys show that Americans are in favor of stimulus checks
Other surveys have also shown that voters across the political spectrum are in favor of stimulus checks. One poll was that conducted by Quinnipiac University.
The poll found that 78 percent of all Americans supported the passage of $1,400 stimulus checks. Sixty-four percent of Republicans were supportive of it as well as 90 percent of Democrats.
Support for the COVID-19 relief plan differs once the participants were told about the full stimulus package proposal. Not only does it include the $1,400 checks, but also expanded unemployment benefits, state and local aid and many other provisions.
When the full breadth of the coronavirus relief package is explained, support rose among Democratic voters to 97 percent while support from the Republicans dipped drastically to just 37 percent.
When pressed further, only 47 percent of Republicans said they were unwilling to compromise their position and were outright opposed to any kind of spending proposal coming from the Democrats. Sixteen percent said they were unsure of how much they were against the relief package.
“Struggling to pay the bills, American households need an infusion of cash and need it now,” said Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy. “So, ‘give it to them’ is the resounding judgment of the public.”
Quinnipiac’s poll was conducted from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 and it involved 1,075 adult American citizens. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Quinnipiac’s survey asked several other questions regarding the current state of the government, including whether or not they thought the coronavirus outbreak in the country is a crisis, whether or not Biden and the Democrats were handling the coronavirus well and whether or not they approved of a variety of other issues.
These issues include providing a path to citizenship for illegal migrants, rejoining the Paris climate agreement, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and stopping the construction on Trump’s border wall.
Learn more about how experts and the general public alike feel about how the government is handling the coronavirus pandemic by reading the latest articles at Pandemic.news.