Democrats Work To Make The Child Tax Credit Permanent Despite Little Support

The Democrats’ objective is to include child tax credits as a permanent part of their spending package, however, a new poll reveals that only 35% of Americans support extending the payments beyond July 2022.

In March, President Joe Biden signed the coronavirus relief package which included expanded payments that started in July. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday results showed 50% of Americans are in support of the increased payments which is 12 points higher than those against them, however, 52% of Americans said the payments should not be extended past the original expiration date of July 2022.

Currently, under the expanded credits plan families receive $300 per month for each child under age 6 and $250 monthly for each child aged 6 to 17.

While the package passed along party lines, only 47% credited Democrats in Congress for the expansion, with a mere 38% giving credit to Biden.

Moderate Democrats have objected to the permanent expansion of the payments as they are currently written. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin called for the plan to be adjusted towards low-income families, with the contingency of attaching a work requirement.

The comprehensive survey also found that 55% of Americans approve of the bipartisan infrastructure bill with 31% saying they disapprove. The survey also showed a large majority of Americans, 71% are “somewhat” or “very” concerned about the U.S. defaulting on its debts if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 2-4 among 1,998 registered voters with a 2 point margin of error.

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