Forty-one percent of Americans disapprove of how President Biden and Democrats have handled negotiations over the trillion-dollar spending package that has been stalled in Congress, according to a new poll released Thursday.
While more than 4 in 10 said they disapproved of Biden’s shepherding of the $1.75 trillion bill, 36 percent say they approved and 23 percent said they were undecided, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey found.
As for their thoughts on congressional Democrats, 44 percent said they disapprove and 30 percent said they had a positive view of their efforts in the talks.
Forty-nine percent gave Republicans low marks and 18 percent gave them a thumbs up for their role in the negotiations.
Fewer than half say they know a lot or some about the proposals included in the spending bill.
“I don’t place all the blame on him, but I think that, as a president, as a commander-in-chief, I think he could be doing a lot more to get people on board with his plan,” Gary Hines, 65, a Democratic voter from Philadelphia, told the AP.
He said he supports expanding the number of people with health insurance, making child care more affordable, and doing more to combat climate change.
The survey was released hours before Biden traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats in an eleventh-hour bid to salvage his infrastructure and spending plans amid infighting among progressives and moderates.
Kristopher Bennefield of San Augustine, Texas, blamed Democrats for “being so indecisive among themselves.”
Bennefield, 39, also said Biden shoulders the burden as well, adding that “if he can’t get his own party to do anything, how can he really do anything else?”
“He has great ideas, but he’s having poor follow-through,” Bennefield, who described himself as an independent, told the AP.
The poll also showed that Americans by a 51 percent to 48 percent margin disapprove of the job he’s doing as president.
Sixty-three percent disapprove of his handling of immigration while 36 approve, and 58 percent disapprove of his handling of the economy while 41 percent approve.
His highest marks come in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with 54 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving.
Asked about what programs should have the highest priority in the spending bill, 64 percent said health care, 59 percent said education, 46 percent went with climate change, 40 percent opted for child care and only 27 percent said paid family leave.
Greg Holman of Grants Pass, Ore., said he doesn’t think “we can afford” Biden’s spending package and hopes for a “red wave” in the 2022 midterm elections.
James Solar, 78, of Houston, agreed.
“It’s ridiculous to turn the country into a socialist nation where the government is doing everything for the people,” he said. “The point is, these programs are not free.”
The poll surveyed 1,083 adults between Oct. 21 and 25. It has a plus/minus 4 percentage-point margin of error.