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Friday, November 12th, 2021

71% of Washington voters surveyed back Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

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.

Poll finding: Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is popular in Washington

Visu­al­iza­tion of NPI’s poll find­ing con­cern­ing Wash­ing­to­ni­ans’ sup­port for the Infra­struc­ture Invest­ment and Jobs Act (click to enlarge)

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?

ANSWERS:

  • 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).

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the sur­vey’s method­ol­o­gy is avail­able here.

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.

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