What Pollsters Should Be Asking about the COVID-Stimulus Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer display the “American Rescue Plan” during the enrollment ceremony following passage of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2021. (Erin Scott/Reuters)
For starters: ‘Do you support a bill that sends only 7 percent of its funds to help alleviate the effect of COVID?’

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here is overwhelming bipartisan support for the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan.” No doubt about it. Every poll says so. The latest Morning Consult poll, for instance, informs us that Americans support the bill by a wide 75–18 percent margin. Among Democrats, it’s 90–5. Among the GOP, it’s 59–35. Among independents, it’s 71–20.

As the Washington Post’s lead “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler put it recently on Twitter, presidents dream “of getting numbers like this for a major piece of legislation — especially if no one from the opposition party votes for it.”

Indeed, they do. But the dream can be made reality only

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