More than seven in ten likely 2022 Washington voters support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that President Joe Biden will sign into law this Monday, a new statewide poll conducted for the Northwest Progressive Institute has found.
71% of respondents to a poll that just returned from the field overnight say they support the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, while 25% are opposed. 4% said they were not sure.
H.R. 3684 was passed by the House of Representatives last week with the votes of all but six of the chamber’s Democratic members, along with thirteen Republicans. Before that, it earned the support of a bipartisan majority in the Senate, including nineteen Republicans. The legislation would make the following consequential investments, according to a fact sheet provided by the White House:
- Deliver clean water to all American families and eliminate the nation’s lead service lines
- Ensure every American has access to reliable high-speed internet
- Repair and rebuild our roads and bridges with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, equity, and safety for all users
- Improve transportation options for millions of Americans and reduce greenhouse emissions through the largest investment in public transit in U.S. history
- Upgrade our nation’s airports and ports to strengthen our supply chains and prevent disruptions that have caused inflation.
- Make the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak
- Build a national network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers
- Upgrade our power infrastructure to deliver clean, reliable energy across the country and deploy cutting-edge energy technology to achieve a zero-emissions future
- Make our infrastructure resilient against the impacts of climate change, cyber-attacks, and extreme weather events
- Deliver the largest investment in tackling legacy pollution in American history by cleaning up Superfund and brownfield sites, reclaiming abandoned mines, and capping orphaned oil and gas wells
Congress is now attempting to pass a second bill — the Build Back Better Jobs & Families Plan — with only Democratic votes through reconciliation, a budgeting process that is immune to the filibuster. This second bill contains climate investments and supports for families that aren’t in the IIJA.
The IIJA may only be the first part of the legislative centerpiece Democrats are hoping to enact in Congress before year’s end, but voters in Washington are nevertheless pretty excited about it. It’s eleven points more popular than the American Rescue Plan, which we found was well-received last spring at 60%.
We don’t often see support above 70% when we ask about support and opposition to proposed or recently passed legislation. In this case, though, voters across the ideological spectrum really, really like what they see.
Here’s the full text of the question we asked and the responses we received:
QUESTION: Last week, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, which will invest $1.2 trillion in upgrading drinking water pipes, modernize our electric grid, expand access to broadband internet, repair and rebuild roads and bridges in poor condition, replace aging buses with zero emission vehicles, clear out Amtrak’s maintenance backlog, and upgrade the nation’s airports and seaports to make them more resilient. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework?
- Support: 71%
- Strongly support: 51%
- Somewhat support: 20%
- Oppose: 25%
- Somewhat oppose: 7%
- Strongly oppose: 18%
- Not sure: 4%
Our poll of 909 likely 2022 Washington State voters was in the field from November 10th-11th, 2021. The survey was conducted for the Northwest Progressive Institute by Public Policy Polling, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.3% at the 95% confidence interval. 50% of respondents participated via landline and 50% of respondents participated via text (SMS).
The enthusiasm for the IIJA is even more apparent when we look at how support and opposition break down by bucket. A majority of respondents (51%) said they “strongly” support the IIJA, which is more than double the total number of respondents who said they were opposed overall.
Washingtonians appreciate that we have an infrastructure deficit and that we need to tackle it. This historic legislation makes serious investments that we’ve talked about needing for years, but haven’t actually committed to.
Billions of dollars from this bill will benefit communities in Washington State, with hundreds of millions alone for Washington State airports and Sound Transit.
Interestingly, even though the IIJA is a bill requested by President Joe Biden and will be one of his major legislative achievements once signed into law, we found that 29% of Trump voters are nevertheless supportive of it, along with 98% of Biden voters. Voters who consider themselves Republicans are even more supportive: 38% of them said they strongly or somewhat supported the IIJA, along with 97% of Democratic voters and 61% of independent voters.
Support for the IIJA can be found in every region of the state, although King County is the most enthusiastic, with 86% of voters there supportive. The next most enthusiastic region is North Puget Sound, at 72%, followed by the South Sound at 68%. Support in Eastern and Central Washington registered at 60% and support in the Olympia Peninsula and Southwest Washington was 58%.
Every single Democratic member of the Pacific Northwest’s congressional delegation voted aye on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Republicans were opposed, with the exception of Alaska’s at large representative Don Young.
As mentioned, the IIJA will be signed into law on Monday. If you’re interested in watching the ceremony, it will be livestreamed on whitehouse.gov.