Poll: 83% of Likely Voters Support $2.2T Coronavirus Relief Bill – But 82% Fear It Contains Costly Pork

By Craig Bannister | March 31, 2020 | 11:49am EDT

While U.S. likely voters overwhelmingly support the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by Congress, they also suspect it’s packed with costly, irrelevant pork-barrel items, a new national Rasmussen survey reveals.

More than four in five (83%) likely voters approve of the relief bill, including 86% of Democrats, 85% of Republicans and 77% of “Other.” Only 10% of all voters disapprove, while 8% are “Unsure.”

  • 83% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of the aid package,
  • 82% are concerned that members of Congress have included costly items in the massive relief bill that have nothing to do with the coronavirus,
  • 54% are Very Concerned the bill contains costly, irrelevant spending

Despite their support for the coronavirus relief package, more than four in five (82%) voters fear it contains costly items that have nothing to do with the coronavirus.

“How concerned are you that members of Congress have included costly items in the massive relief bill that have nothing to do with the coronavirus?”

  • Very Concerned: 54%
  • Somewhat Concerned: 28%
  • Not Very Concerned: 9%
  • Not at All Concerned: 5%
  • Not Sure: 4%

Again, large majorities of Republicans (88%), Democrats (78%) and “Other” voters (81%) expressed concern. But, here, the degree of their concern varied by party affiliation. While 66% of Republicans said they’re “very concerned,” with another 22% “somewhat concerned,” 44% of Democrats were very concerned and 34% were somewhat so. Among those with “Other” political leanings, 81% voiced concern (52% “very,” 29% “somewhat”) that the bill contains costly, irrelevant spending.

Republicans and Democrats also disagree on how much spending the relief bill should contain. A plurality (48%) of Republicans says $2.2 trillion is about right, but just 27% of Democrats and 29% of unaffiliated voters agree. Fully 43% of Democrats say the bill doesn’t spend enough taxpayer money, compared to just 17% of Republicans and 30% of those not affiliated with either party.

“Is $2.2 trillion too much or too little to help deal with the coronavirus crisis? Or is the amount about right?”

  • 34% think the overall amount of the relief package is about right.
  • 15% say it’s too much
  • 31% say it’s too little.
  • 20% are undecided.

Still, 82% of all voters believe another large relief package will be needed before the coronavirus problem is resolved, including 48% who say it’s “very Likely.”

The national Survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted March 29-30, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports.

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