Forty Percent of Americans Say $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Is Not Enough: Poll

Forty percent of Americans say that the $1.9 trillion relief package pushed by the Biden administration and currently being considered in Congress is not enough, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by CBS News/YouGov, has 20 percent of Americans saying that the size of the spending is too much, while 39 percent said they thought it was about the right amount.

Across political party lines, the poll has most Republicans saying that the stimulus package was too much, while nearly half of all Democrats surveyed said that it was not enough.

According to the poll, 38 percent of Republican respondents said the $1.9 trillion relief package was too much, 27 percent said it was not enough, and 34 percent said it was the right amount.

Comparatively, among respondents who identified as Democrats, only 6 percent said it was too much, 45 percent said it was not enough, and 48 percent said it was about right.

The poll's findings come as Democrats are trying get the $1.9 trillion bill approved and sent to President Joe Biden's desk.

On Monday, Democrats released a draft proposal on eligibility requirements for another round of stimulus checks. Their proposal would send $1,400 checks to those with incomes below $75,000, while joint filers with incomes below $150,000 would receive a $2,800 check.

Stimulus Checks
Economic stimulus checks are prepared for printing at the Philadelphia Financial Center on May 8, 2008. Jeff Fusco/Getty

The Democrats' proposal signaled that they will not seek GOP support for the package, as they rejected eligibility limits proposed by Republicans. Those limits reduce the direct payments to $1,000 for individuals with an income below $40,000 and joint filers with an income under $80,000.

With a simple majority vote, Democrats can pass the relief package in the House without any Republican support through a process called budget reconciliation. Despite this strategy, the CBS News/YouGov poll has a majority of Americans saying that bipartisan support in passing the legislation is important.

According to the poll, 74 percent of Americans said this approach is important, with 41 percent saying very important and 33 percent saying somewhat important.

Along party lines, more Republicans than Democrats said passing the bill with bipartisan support is important, according to the poll.

Eighty-two percent of respondents who identified as Republicans said bipartisan support was important, with 52 percent saying very important and 30 percent saying somewhat important.

On the other hand, 70 percent of Democrats agreed that bipartisan support is important, with 35 percent of respondents saying very important and another 35 percent saying somewhat important.

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