68% Say Building New Infrastructure Good for the Economy, Until You Have to Pay for It

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of voters nationwide favor a new government infrastructure program to help rebuild the nation’s highways and bridges. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 49% want the federal government to provide the funding; 31% think it should come from state governments; 7% prefer local governments; and 12% are opposed.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) say such an infrastructure program would be good for the economy while 15% say it would be bad. However, those numbers change dramatically when asked about how to pay for the programs.

If taxes are raised to pay for the new infrastructure projects, just 35% believe the overall result would be good for the economy. Fifty percent (50%) believe it would be bad (see question wording and crosstabs).

If other government programs are cut to pay for the infrastructure projects, 36% believe the net impact would be good for the economy while 41% say bad. Twenty-three percent (23%) believe it would have no impact.

This survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted for ScottRasmussen.com on September 16-17, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

The latest Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 72% of Americans think the best thing the government could do for the economy is to cut taxes, spending, and regulations.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters have a favorable opinion of a free market economy.

This information is presented to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us and review all of our recent data releases).

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

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