Voters Want Sinema to Oppose Manchin’s New Spending Bill

 

Digital billboard in Phoenix, AZ, June 2021.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D–WV) made headlines last week when he flipped on Biden’s repackaged and reduced Build Back boondoggle. The cynically named “Inflation Reduction Act” promises to spend $369 billion on the environment while reducing the deficit by $300 billion. The bill also would raise corporate taxes and increase Obamacare spending.

Democrats celebrated Manchin’s support, but there’s another senator who would need to sign on. All eyes moved to Kyrsten Sinema. The Arizona maverick has kept quiet, but her constituents haven’t. A new poll shows Grand Canyon State voters want her to oppose the new tax-and-spend bill.

If Sinema supports the Manchin/Schumer bill, 50% of respondents said they would be less likely to vote for her in 2024. Only 19% said they would be more likely to support her — a 31-point gap.

The Alloy Analytics poll of 500 likely general election voters showed that even a plurality of Arizona Democrats oppose BBB 2.0. Thirty-five percent of Democrats say they would be less likely to vote for Sinema compared to 27% saying they would be more likely.

Digging deeper, 53% of respondents agreed with the statement, “Senator Sinema should oppose any major spending bill that includes tax increases on local employers and family-owned businesses and manufacturers at this time.” Just 40% agreed that “Senator Sinema should work with Democrat leaders to come up with a compromise spending bill that includes tax increases on local employers and family-owned businesses and manufacturers.”

Tracking with national polls, “inflation and the cost of living” remains the #1 issue for Arizona voters.

Biden supporters are cheering for Manchin’s bill, but Arizonans are telling Sinema that she should oppose the new taxes and spending, especially during a time of high inflation and likely recession.

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  1. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Arizonans are naturally quite conservative in a leave-me-the-hell-alone kind of way. 

    Too bad about their southern and western borders. 

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  2. Steve Colombo Coolidge
    Steve Colombo
    @Steve Colombo

    Completely agree. I’m a Conservative who voted for Sinema, completely due to her principles and despite her party.   Wrote her with a quite similar message just this week.  This bill is horrid, even without a recession.  Bad for businesses, bad for consumers; bad overall. 

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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    I’ll say this for Manchin: once he’s been played, he stays played.

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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    So much rests on Sinema’s bladder…

    • #4
  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    She’s had the guts to resist the pressure so far. This should be an easy call for her.

    • #5
  6. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    TBA (View Comment):

    Arizonans are naturally quite conservative in a leave-me-the-hell-alone kind of way.

    Too bad about their southern and western borders.

    And too bad about their electing two Democrats to the Senate.

    Good thing I got out of there!

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  7. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos
    @OldBathos

    I thought this was post was going to be about some substantive obstacle to the bill not some trivialities like the will of the voters, economic reality, fiscal sanity, or national well-being.

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  8. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
    GlennAmurgis
    @GlennAmurgis

     I bet WV voters wanted Manchin not to vote for this bill, didn’t stop him. 

    I have been pleasantly surprised by Sinema’s stances – but I do not hold out hope for her to go against this

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