While the entire House Republican Conference opposes President Joe Biden‘s $1.7 trillion Build Back Better “human infrastructure” legislation, a sizable chunk of GOP voters say they support the bill.
New polling released Thursday by Data for Progress showed that 42 percent of Republican voters “somewhat” or “strongly” support the large social and climate spending package. Overall, 64 percent of Americans support the package, with majorities of Democrats (87 percent) and independents (63 percent) saying they back the Build Back Better plan.
Some of the specific provisions of the legislation are even supported by a majority of GOP voters. For example, 62 percent of Republicans say they support providing “$150 billion to improve the quality of and increase access to long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities.” Additionally, 55 percent of GOP voters say they approve of including “$35 billion to expand Medicare coverage so that it includes hearing coverage.”
Many Republicans also say they support some of the ways the bill could be paid for. A majority (56 percent) of GOP voters approve of a 15 percent tax on profits that U.S. corporations make overseas. Fifty-three percent support raising income taxes for those who earn more than $10 million a year.