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Recent data shows just how frustrated Americans are about stimulus checks and who that frustration is directed at.
National polling data from Data for Progress, a progressive think tank, recently revealed that 81% of likely voters prefer $2,000 checks over $600 checks.
That is a huge disparity and one reason why it was so unfortunate that Congress could not at least put the $2,000 stimulus bill to a vote.
Ignoring the needs of millions of Americans in need is going to have consequences (and indeed we are already seeing some).
That same polling company also just released more data that shows who the public is blaming for the lack of $2,000 checks.
47% blame the Republicans in Congress and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell specifically.
32% blamed Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
And finally, just 15% blame Trump.
I followed the stimulus developments since March pretty closely and it is pretty clear to me that there is blame to go around on all sides.
Democrats and Pelosi were largely responsible for not getting a stimulus deal done sooner as they were extremely stubborn with an unrealistic wish list.
At one point, there was even a deal that would have given out $1,200 stimulus checks that they held back on for other reasons.
Trump could be blamed for not bringing parties together and not being as involved in the stimulus talks as he could’ve been but he was a pretty vocal supporter of stimulus checks throughout most of the time.
But I think the polling audience is correct that the real blame is on the GOP right now.
It would be one thing if the stimulus checks went to a vote and simply did not pass the Senate but McConnell is the reason why there was no vote at all.
It makes me wonder if voters might turn out and vote Democrat in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections (although the Republican senators in that state were on board with bigger stimulus checks).
Either way, the frustration levels are very high as we just saw vandalism take place at Pelosi’s house as well as McConnell’s.
While you don’t want to see any violence, hopefully lawmakers will take surveys like this into consideration as the next Congress begins and talks about a third stimulus check evolve.
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