House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing political games with coronavirus relief stimulus and one major new poll reveals that Americans are putting more of the blame on her shoulder.
The Trump administration has proposed a $1.8 trillion compromise, including another round of $1,200 stimulus checks and a $400 boost in weekly unemployment benefits, as part of an ongoing negotiation surrounding a second COVID-19 stimulus bill.
That is still not good enough for Pelosi, however, as she’s chosen to reject the deal — and her party might pay the price on Election Day.
According to a YouGov survey conducted between Oct. 9 and Oct. 11, more Americans blame Pelosi for the lack of progress than blame President Donald Trump.
When asked which political figure “is more to blame for the failure to agree on a stimulus bill,” the poll found 43% of respondents pointed the finger at Pelosi, compared to 40% who blamed the president.
Americans across demographic lines are overwhelmingly supportive of another coronavirus relief bill, as evidenced by the 77% of respondents who indicated as much in the recent YouGov poll.
Despite the White House proposal, Pelosi has remained firm on insisting that an even more costly bill is necessary — much to the chagrin of even some in her own party.
Several prominent Democrats are publicly calling on Pelosi to take Trump’s deal.
“Nancy Pelosi take this deal!” former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said in a tweet on Saturday. “Put politics aside people are hurting.”
Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of the progressive podcast “Pod Save America,” said that accepting the proposal could benefit them at the polls.
“While there are potential risks, Democrats should aggressively pursue a COVID Relief deal with Trump. It’s the right thing to do, but the politics can also work in our favor,” he said.
“Taking a politically risky position to help people in desperate need of help is what separates Democrats and Republicans. This may be the last chance to help struggling families until January at the earliest. If Dems can get a good deal, they should.
“One less talked about reason for trying to do a deal now is that it will give President Biden/Democratic Senate a stronger economy from which to govern. If Trump wants to put $2T in stimulus on his tab, it will give the Dems more freedom to govern in 2021,” he said.
Democrat California Rep. Ro Khanna agreed with that and said that people need the stimulus now.
“People in need can’t wait until February. 1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice Obama stimulus. It will allow Biden to start with infrastructure. Obama won in 08 by doing the right thing on TARP instead of what was expedient. Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court,” he said.
But Pelosi has, thus far, been unmoved.
Over the weekend, she gave the White House 48 hours to accept her stimulus proposal.
If more voters put the blame on Democrats ahead of Nov. 3, this could be one more major issue capable of swinging the results in races on all levels.