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Majority of Americans oppose trillion dollar social spending plan, new poll shows

A new poll conducted by Harvard Caps and Harris found that a large number of Americans are against Biden’s spending plan. The survey was conducted online between October 26 and 28, among just over 1,500 voters. 

When asked if they would favor or oppose a $1.5 to $2 trillion social spending bill financed by increasing taxes and the deficit, 58 percent of those polled said they would be opposed to the measure. 56 percent additionally agreed that such a sizable spending bill would increase the already rising inflation, while 44 percent said it would either decrease or not affect inflation. 

Based on the results from the Virginia gubernatorial election on Tuesday night seemed to indicate that Democrats will face challenges in the 2022 midterms. The poll shows that the spending bill would only complicate matters as 56 percent of those polled said they would be less likely to vote for a representative in favor of the agenda.

“Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, marital status, household size, income, employment, education, political party, and political ideology where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population,” noted the poll.

The question on the infrastructure bill proved slightly more successful for the Democrats as 66 percent were in favor versus 34 percent opposed. 61 percent also said the physical infrastructure bill should have been voted on right away rather than being held up while waiting for the reconciliation bill.

But participants in the poll seemed to have their doubts about President Biden’s physical and mental fitness. 58 percent said they believe he is “too old” for the presidency and 53 percent said they “have doubts about his [mental] fitness.”

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBEG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK TIMES

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