60% of Republicans Support Biden's $1.9 Trillion Stimulus: Poll

A majority of Republican voters say they support President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package which is set for a vote in the House later this week, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Morning Consult, found 60 percent of Republicans saying they support Biden's coronavirus relief package. Among the 60 percent, the poll found 34 percent saying they strongly support the bill and 26 percent said they somewhat support.

Despite the poll finding a majority of Republican voters supporting Biden's proposed stimulus package, they were the least likely to say so, as 89 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents said they support it.

Overall 76 percent of Americans said they support the $1.9 trillion stimulus package, which includes $1,400 direct payments to eligible Americans, extended unemployment benefits and funding to states and local governments.

Morning Consult surveyed 2,013 registered voters across the U.S. from February 19 to February 22 and reported a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

A separate poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University earlier this month found similar results, with 64 percent of Republicans saying they support sending $1,400 stimulus checks to eligible Americans.

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President Joe Biden speaks to the media after holding a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on February 23. Despite the poll finding a majority of Republican voters supporting Biden's proposed stimulus package, they were the least likely to say so, as 89 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents said they support it. Saul Loeb/Getty

The poll's findings come shortly after Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package was approved by the House Budget Committee. The bill will now move to the House for a vote and then the Senate, if it is approved in the lower chamber.

The bill is expected to be approved in the House as Democrats hold the majority, but many see it facing new hurdles in the Senate, as many Republicans have previously rebuffed the $1.9 trillion price tag.

James A. Thurber, a professor in the Government Department at American University, told Newsweek on Tuesday that he thinks the bill is "dead in the Senate, unless there's some miracle."

Ten Republican senators previously met with Biden and proposed a $618 billion stimulus package that would provide eligible Americans with $1,000 direct payments instead of the $1,400.

While speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Maine Senator Susan Collins said that she believes the package won't gain any Republican support in the Senate, which would require Vice President Kamala Harris to cast a tie-breaking vote.

"We are looking at amendments, but they pretty much stalled. The administration has not indicated a willingness to come down from its $1.9 trillion figure and that's a major obstacle," Collins said on Tuesday. "I would be surprised if there was support in the Republican caucus if the bill comes out at $1.9 trillion, even if we're able to make some beneficial changes."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for a comment from Biden but did not receive a response in time for publication.