As U.S. lawmakers and the White House work out the details of the American Jobs Plan—a historic $2.26 trillion infrastructure and employment package—a poll published Thursday revealed overwhelming bipartisan support for the type of investments the plan would make in clean energy and other measures to promote climate action, well-paid union jobs, and justice.
“The majority of voters from across the political spectrum support investing at least $2 trillion dollars to create good-paying jobs in the clean energy economy while tackling climate change and environmental racism because it is the right thing to do.”
—Pete Maysmith, LCV
Data for Progress and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) surveyed over 3,000 likely U.S. voters late last month and found that support for the American Jobs Plan is “through the roof.”
“Across 11 swing congressional districts, average support for the plan is 78% and in the swing Senate states of Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, an average of 80% of registered voters support the government making investments to create good-paying jobs in clean energy,” the groups said in a statement.
Ninety percent of surveyed Democratic voters, 76% of Independents, and 63% of Republicans said they support government investment in clean energy and well-paid jobs.
Respondents were asked if they support the American Jobs Plan, which they were told entails:
- Repairing roads and bridges to be more resilient to flooding, extreme weather, and natural disasters;
- Eliminating all lead pipes and upgrading aging drinking water systems;
- Expanding broadband internet service to reach all Americans;
- Building new renewable energy projects including wind and solar power;
- Investing in new American energy innovation;
- Reducing pollution and improving energy efficiency in homes, schools, and child care centers; and
- Cleaning up abandoned mines and abandoned oil and gas wells.
Seventy-one percent of all poll respondents—including 92% of Democrats, 70% of independents, and 49% of Republicans—said they support the plan.
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