A new poll by Quinnipiac shows that a stunning percentage of American citizens support President Trump’s trillion dollar infrastructure spending plan, a number so high that it is rarely seen in political polling results.
During his campaign Donald Trump often touted his plan to increase spending on the country’s infrastructure, which includes roads, bridges, airports and public projects. While the actual bill has yet to be seen, Trump’s administration promised to introduce a $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill, a concept that has been met with encouragement from businesses that rely on roads, bridges, railways and airports.
Trump’s infrastructure plan has been met with fanfare, particularly from businesses that rely on the country’s roads to make a living. Specifically, trucking companies have welcomed the idea of investing in roadways as well as the plan to reduce regulatory roadblocks that prevent them from engaging in new projects.
“The president has already started removing the regulatory roadblocks that have been killing projects before they’ve even begun through his executive actions, streamlining the permitting process and calling for each agency…to identify regulations that cause undue burden,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, deficient roads will cost business $1.1 trillion in added expenses by 2040. The impact to the entire economy is estimated at $3 trillion.
American voters, especially conservatives in favor of reducing government spending, would be expected to resist such a massive spending initiative. However, the results turned out to contradict that expectation, as according to the latest Quinnipiac poll results, 90% of respondents (including Democrat, Republican and Independent voters) agree with Trump’s infrastructure plan.
When asked if they support or oppose increasing federal spending for roads, bridges, mass transit and other infrastructure, respondents have answered with a resounding yes, which would indicate many voters have encountered their own struggles with deteriorating roads or transportation facilities.
The trend has shown consistent support for Trump’s infrastructure spending, but has increased beyond the 80 percentile range as of only a few days ago.
Quinnipiac’s poll results also align with a survey performed by CNN, which showed a high degree of support for Trump’s stimulus plan, as 79% of respondents indicated their support for his spending bill.
Although American voters are typically weary of government spending, as so much of it has seemed to do little good in their lives, it appears everyone can agree that better roads and public transportation is well worth the investment. If Donald Trump can manage to convince Congress of his plan’s benefit, the public’s support should go a long way in allowing him to fulfill yet another of the president’s promises to voters.