The survey further revealed that 86 percent of Democrats, 54 percent of Independents, and 25 percent of Republicans are backing the legislation.
“The poll, conducted in the days after Biden’s address to Congress unveiling the plan, shows that most of the individual provisions in the package are more popular among voters than the plan overall—something to keep in mind as Biden reportedly considers splitting his proposal into multiple parts to reach a bipartisan compromise,” the poll stated.
Other data showed that 63 percent of voters support universal pre-K for children who are three and four years old, 59 percent support two years of free community college, 59 percent support $15-an-hour minimum wage for childcare workers, and 57 percent support extending the expanded child tax credit to parents.
In his speech before Congress last week, Biden said: “To win that competition for the future, in my view, we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children. That’s why I introduced the American Families Plan tonight, which addresses four of the biggest challenges facing American families and, in turn, America.”
He later added: “In addition to my Families Plan, I’m going to work with Congress to address this year other critical priorities for American families. The Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for millions of Americans, protecting people with preexisting conditions, protecting women’s health.”
Earlier this week during a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki touted the potential benefits of the expanded child tax credit, which makes families eligible to claim as much as $3,600 per year for a child under the age of six and up to $3,000 for children between six and seventeen. This means that for a family headed by a couple earning under $150,000—or an individual earning below $75,000—they are eligible to get their hands on $250 or $300 payment every month.
But if the American Families Plan is eventually green-lighted, those recurring monthly payments will last through the year 2025.
“If passed, the families of tens of millions of children will continue to get regular payments,” Psaki said. “Obviously, we’re continuing to evaluate what their needs are—to continue to get the pandemic under control, put people back to work, but we think that’s a proposal with a long-term benefit.”
“We’ll see what members of Congress propose, but those are not free,” she said.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.