Fifty-two percent support the president’s spending plan and a tax increase — including 80 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents, an ABC News/Ipsos poll found.
But 47 percent — including 78 percent of Republicans — said taxes should remain where they are even at the cost of the economy.
The separation on Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan displays the debate between administration officials — who think the spending plan will drive the economy through the coronavirus recession — and Republicans, who think tax increases, especially on corporations, would choke development and progression.
Still, more than 100 days into the Biden administration 64 percent of Americans said they’re confident about the direction of the country, while 36 percent are pessimistic.
Asked about Biden’s capacity to unite the country, one of the president’s priorities on the campaign trail and in the early days of his administration, less than a quarter — 23 percent — said the country has grown more unified.
Of that group, an amazing 87 percent trust Biden for bringing the country together, 3 percent give Congressional Republican leaders the permission and 10 percent said both deserve credit.
Among the 28 percent who think the country is more divided, 60 percent blame Biden, while 34 percent say Biden and the Republicans are both at fault.
Only 6 percent blamed Republicans.
Nearly half — 48 percent — said they believe the country isn’t any more divided or united than it was.
The poll surveyed 513 people between April 30 and May 1. It has a plus/minus 4.7 percentage points margin of error.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said billions of dollars in spending separate Democrats and Republicans.
“The amount of spending for roads and bridges is so slow and split over 50 states over five years. You’re not getting your bridge,” Cassidy said on “Fox News Sunday,” explaining what he tells supporters of the infrastructure package.
“If you want to fix roads and bridges, come where Republicans already are,” Cassidy told host Chris Wallace. “If you’re talking about spending hundreds of billions of dollars on public-sector unions, we’re far apart.”
The president has offered a two-part infrastructure plan, with the first focusing on roads, bridges, and broadband, while the second part would include domestic policies like childcare and pre-K.
To pay for it, Biden wants to raise a number of taxes, including the corporate tax rate.
But Cassidy blasted the pre-K initiative, saying it would be “run” by teachers unions, who he blamed for keeping schools closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The president wants to give universal pre-K, run by the same teachers unions” that pushed for closures, he said.
“Whether or not these programs benefit the people who need it, we don’t know,” he added.