The interviews for the new poll, conducted March 12-15, began the day after Biden signed the law. The results should not be compared with previous POLITICO / Morning Consult survey questions on invoices as these questions describe their content. The new poll asked voters whether they “support or disapprove of the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package signed by President Biden.”
The Biden government is promoting the new law and sending the president and other officials out onto the streets as part of their “Help Is Here” tour. While Republicans headlong support the bill, GOP leaders hope that highlighting other issues included under the measure and the partisan vote to pass them will diminish their support among the electorate ahead of the next election.
In follow-up questions, majorities also voted in favor of two of the most important provisions of the law: the stimulus tests that some Americans have already received and the expansion of unemployment insurance benefits.
“The widespread, bipartisan support for stimulus checks is evidence of the widespread awareness that many Americans need a lifeline right now,” said John Leer, an economist at Morning Consult. “Unsurprisingly, the expansion of unemployment benefits is also hugely popular: Americans recognize that unemployed workers deserve additional financial support until job growth resumes.”
A little less than two months after his presidency, Biden remains popular and has a 62 percent approval rating in the new poll. Only about a third of voters, 34 percent, disapprove of the work Biden does as president.
The poll by POLITICO / Morning Consult polled 1,993 registered voters and has an error rate of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Morning Consult is a global data intelligence company that delivers real-time insights into the way people think by interviewing tens of thousands around the world every day.
Further details on the survey and its methodology can be found in these two documents: Toplines | Crosstabs