GOP Stimulus Attacks Turn Republican Voters Against Joe Biden Relief

Republicans mostly disapprove of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief which was heavily criticized by GOP lawmakers, according to polling.

Biden signed his American Rescue Plan on March 11, after it was passed by Congress through reconciliation. It garnered no support from Republicans in either chamber.

Republicans had questioned aspects of spending within the bill, taking issue with the overall cost and bemoaning the partisan process through which it was passed.

Gallup polling conducted March 15 to 21 asked respondents: "Do you approve or disapprove of the legislation Congress passed and President Biden signed into law on Thursday, March 11, that authorizes $1.9 trillion in spending to address the economic and other effects of the coronavirus situation in this country?"

Overall, 63 percent of those asked said they approved while 37 percent disapproved.

Among Republicans, the majority disapproved at 82 percent. Less than 1 in 5 Republicans, 18 percent, approved.

This showed a clear partisan split, with 97 percent of Democrats stating they approved.

For independents, the majority approved at 58 percent.

The question was posed to 3,095 U.S. adults. Results based on the full sample have a sampling error of plus or minus two percentage points.

This polling from after the signing of the bill runs counter to some prior surveys which indicated bipartisan support for the relief package.

A Morning Consult poll in February showed 60 percent of Republicans asked supporting the bill. Subsequent polling between March 6 and 8 showed 59 percent of Republicans asked supporting it.

There was also polling indicating support for the $1,400 stimulus checks.

Republican lawmakers at the time criticized the polling, suggesting results were swayed by points such as the stimulus checks and respondents were perhaps not aware of everything contained in the bill.

"This wasn't a bill to finish off the pandemic. It was a multi-trillion-dollar Trojan horse full of bad, old, liberal ideas. President Biden's own staff keep calling this legislation 'the most progressive bill in American history,'" McConnell said on March 11.

"Hardly the common sense bipartisanship that he promised."

Biden and his Democratic allies have touted the passing of the relief bill as a victory.

Speaking in his first press conference on Thursday, Biden said that there was still "a lot of work to do" but spoke of the benefits he sees from the package.

"So there are still too many Americans out of work, too many families hurting, and we still have a lot of work to do," he said.

"But I can say to you, the American people: Help is here, and hope is on the way."

Newsweek has contacted the White House and McConnell's office for comment.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters following the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 16, 2021 in Washington, D.C. He was a major critic of the COVID-19 relief bill passed by Democrats. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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