Contact Us

9838 Old Baymeadows Road STE 222, Jacksonville, FL 32256 USA

There is strong bipartisan support for a second stimulus check to be included in the next … [+] coronavirus stimulus package. Will Congress take note?

getty

Odds of a second stimulus check have been volatile, peaking in late July when the Republican-led Senate passed the HEALS Act. At that point, Democrats, Republicans, and the White House were all in support of a second stimulus check; however, it has yet to materialize because of a protracted impasse in negotiations over other issues like extended federal unemployment benefits and aid to state and local governments. Results from a poll conducted in early August for the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study point to overwhelming support for a second stimulus payment. The findings make it even more shocking that a proposal in an election year, in the middle of a pandemic, and with strong bipartisan support still hasn’t been able to pass in Washington.

MORE FROM FORBESSecond Stimulus Check May Be Excluded From New, Smaller GOP Stimulus Package Proposal

70 Percent Support A Second Stimulus Check; Majority of Both Democrats And Republicans

Overall, seven in ten Americans surveyed support the government sending a second economic impact payment (EIP), more commonly known as a second stimulus check, to all qualifying adults. More interestingly, “despite deep polarization on a number of policies related to COVID-19, an additional EIP receives strong support among both Democrats and Republicans,” Gallup noted. 82 percent of Democrats supported an additional payment, but so did 64 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of independents.

There is broad, bipartisan support for a second stimulus check as part of the next stimulus relief package.

There is broad, bipartisan support for a second stimulus check as part of the next stimulus relief … [+] package.

Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics Of Recovery Study

Recommended For You

66 Percent Support A $900 Or More Second Stimulus Check

Gallup asked individuals who supported giving a second payment what the maximum amount should be, giving them ranges from less than $300 to $900 or more. 66 percent supported a maximum payment of $900 or more. There was less variability by political affiliation on the maximum amount of the payment with 68 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans indicating they preferred a payout of $900 or more. Interestingly, there was higher variation in age ranges, with older supporters more likely to advocate for a high payment than younger ones. 75 percent of the over 65 year old age group supported a $900 or more payment while only 42 percent of the 18 to 34 year old cohort did.

A majority of adults support a second stimulus check of $900 or more

A majority of adults support a second stimulus check of $900 or more

Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics Of Recovery Study

Gallup Poll Less Insightful Than It Could Have Been

The Gallup poll helps reinforce that there is strong demand for additional stimulus relief; however, the poll is less insightful than it could have been due to a strange design choice. Specifically, it is unclear why Gallup chose to ask respondents about maximum payment amounts and have the highest category only be “$900 or more.”

MORE FROM FORBES$1,200 Second Stimulus Check Officially In HEALS Act Stimulus Package Proposal; Bleak Economic Outlook Led To Republican Reversal

The CARES Act passed in March included an initial round of $1,200 payments. The HEROES Act passed by the House included a second stimulus check of $1,200. The HEALS Act proposed by the Senate included a $1,200 second stimulus check. Notice a pattern?

Given that $1,200 has been the focal point in all bills, it’s unclear why Gallup didn’t choose amounts on either side of that figure. It would have been more informative to have included higher amounts and teased out support for payment amounts less than, but also greater than $1,200. Perhaps there would be interesting insights on a partisan divide for higher dollar amounts? Sadly, the Gallup Poll didn’t address this. I sent an e-mail request to Gallup for comment on the study design and will update this column if a reply is received.

The Upshot

As Congress returns from its August recess, negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus package will hopefully resume in earnest. It behooves Congressional leaders to compromise and include a second stimulus check, which has strong bipartisan support with Americans across the political spectrum.

Further-Related Reading:

Second Stimulus Check May Be Excluded From New, Smaller GOP Stimulus Package Proposal

Only Road To Second Stimulus Check, Real Unemployment Benefit Extension Runs Thru Congress

Stimulus Package Update: Republicans Unite On Second Stimulus Check, Balk Over Payroll Tax Cut

$1,200 Second Stimulus Check Officially In HEALS Act Stimulus Package Proposal; Bleak Economic Outlook Led To Republican Reversal

HEROES Act Passes House; Omits $2,000 Recurring Stimulus Checks And Other Notable Items

$1200 Second Stimulus Check Would Dominate Average Payroll Tax Holiday ‘Savings’

McConnell: Stimulus Package Could Take ‘Weeks’ To Pass

Share:

subscriber

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *