Politics Vast majority of Democratic voters prefer bigger social spending bill: poll
Go West, Young Dems
How the president’s party can avoid a midterm blowoutThe study, from the group Way to Win, provided exclusively to The Atlantic, argues that to solidify their position in Congress and the Electoral College, Democrats must increase their investment and focus on Sun Belt states that have become more politically competitive over recent years as they have grown more urbanized and racially diverse. “The majority of new, likely Democratic voters live in the South and Southwest, places the Democratic establishment have long ignored or are just waking up to now,” the group argues in the report.
Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images
Despite the recent Congressional battle over how to pare down a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that would expand the United States' social safety net, polling shows that Americans, especially rank-and-file Democrats, favor big investments in programs that would expand the social programs and climate change initiatives championed by progressives.
According to, at least 75% of Democratic voters would prefer Congress pass President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda, while just 20% wanted to pare down the measures currently being debated.
Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll
Today is Friday. Welcome to Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.A major poll released Friday to round out a breakneck week in cyber and tech news found that while Americans are concerned about foreign governments spreading misinformation online, they place the blame for this far more on U.S. politicians and social media companies.The White House also kicked off a fact-finding mission into artificial intelligence relying on biometric data, with some top advisers publishing an op-ed pushing for a new "bill of rights.
It's a stark rebuke of the prevailing narrative pushed by mainstream political pundits, many of whom have insisted for months that the lawmakers fighting to scale back spending — such as Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. —.
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Republicans, of course, were generally against the measure — though just 55% of people who identified with the GOP said they would prefer the bill be scrapped entirely — while independents were split fairly evenly into thirds, with a plurality of 36% wanting the bill to be larger.
The poll also showed in stark terms the messaging problems that have vexed Democratic efforts to expand the social safety net: just one-quarter of respondents said they personally believe they'll benefit if Biden's agenda is passed.
Whatever happens, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is insisting it's got to be done quickly — she and other Democratic leaders say they're aiming to land a deal by the end of October, which is when a temporary extension of highway and transit programs expires.
Smearing Popularism Does Not Help Black Voters .
Persuasively rebutting David Shor requires scrutinizing his arguments, not stigmatizing them.People like me — city-dwelling college graduates who know what a “Senate parliamentarian” is — comprise an extremely small share of the American population. But we are damn near the only people who earn a living by writing about politics, or helping the Democratic Party win elections.