President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have competing visions on how to get people back to work as the economy re-opens.
According to the findings of a new poll by McLaughlin & Associates, voters have a clear preference for whose approach they favor — and it isn’t Pelosi’s. Trump’s plan “crushes” Pelosi’s HEROES Act, McLaughlin told the Washington Examiner’s “Secrets.”
Tax cuts more popular than government spending
The survey published this week asked respondents to select from one of two courses of action for restarting the economy.
The first option was to “suspend the payroll tax for workers and businesses through the end of the year to stimulate restaurants to re-hire workers by increasing the business tax deduction for meals to 100% by protecting businesses from liability lawsuits so they can re-open.” President Trump has repeatedly signaled his support for payroll tax cuts as a reopening stimulus, CNBC reports.
Meanwhile, the second proposal involved increased “government spending by $3 trillion including almost $1 trillion for state and local governments.” The $3 trillion HEROES Act was passed by Pelosi and House Democrats in May, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in no rush to vote on the bill.
Sixty percent of likely voters said they supported the first option. Support was strongest among self-described conservatives, 78 percent of whom said they favored the move.
Unsurprisingly, liberals were far less likely to be supportive, with only 47 percent saying that they backed the measure. However, that number was still higher than the 39 percent who believed the answer was more government spending.
Among moderates, 54 percent were behind the idea of suspending payroll taxes and reducing liability versus only 29 percent who wanted more government checks.
A majority of all racial groups also favored the first option, with whites and Hispanics being the most supportive and African Americans being the least.
Voters favor other Republican positions
Views on the subject were similar across all regions of the country and there was very little difference in opinion between voters in battleground and non-battleground states. College and non-college graduates also expressed almost identical views.
The poll had more bad news for Democrats, with 54 percent of likely voters also saying that now was the wrong time to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. Another 72 percent agreed that coronavirus-related stimulus money should only go to American citizens.
And although 52 percent of said they disapproved of the president’s job performance, some 56 percent held an unfavorable view of the House speaker.