What aspects of the House GOP agenda do Americans support?

Linley SandersData Journalist
January 26, 2023, 4:28 PM GMT+0

Republicans support many of the proposals made by GOP politicians who are now in the majority in the House of Representatives.

Specifically, Republicans in the latest Economist/YouGov poll are particularly in favor of two proposals: increasing border security (90% strongly or somewhat support) and investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden (85%). There are also high levels of Republican support for investigations into the emergence of COVID-19 (74%), investigations into charges of the FBI and the Department of Justice being weaponized (70%), impeachment proceedings against President Biden (71%), and reducing funding for the Internal Revenue Service (69%).

Most Republicans also (54%) support Congress restricting abortion access, with 33% being opposed. And though it's been reported that House Republicans are considering finding ways to reduce spending on Social Security and Medicare, that would not be a popular move within their party. Republicans overwhelmingly oppose (64%) finding ways to cut these costs, with just 22% in support.

Among Americans overall, cutting spending on Social Security and Medicare is also heavily opposed (17% support, 70% oppose). Americans are also far less likely than Republicans to support restricting access to abortion (33% support) or beginning impeachment proceedings for President Biden (40%) — but there are areas for Republicans to find common ground with the rest of the country. At least half of Americans support increasing border security (65%), as well as proposed investigations into COVID-19 (61%), the FBI and Department of Justice (54%), and Hunter Biden (52%).

— Taylor Orth contributed to this article

See the toplines and crosstabs from the Economist/YouGov poll conducted on January 21 - 24, 2023 among 1,500 U.S. adult citizens.

Methodology: Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel using sample matching. A random sample (stratified by gender, age, race, education, geographic region, and voter registration) was selected from the 2019 American Community Survey. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, 2020 election turnout and presidential vote, baseline party identification, and current voter registration status. Demographic weighting targets come from the 2019 American Community Survey. Baseline party identification is the respondent’s most recent answer given prior to June 1, 2022, and is weighted to the estimated distribution at that time (34% Democratic, 31% Republican). The margin of error for the overall sample is approximately 3%.

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