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STORY BY HARRY ENTEN, CNN

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Published on March 15, 2021 2:19 AM

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Why the popular Covid relief bill may not pay off electorally for Democrats
(CNN)Poll of the week: A new CNN/SSRS poll finds that 61% of Americans favor President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief package. Just 37% oppose.

This fits with the average polling, which almost universally shows more than 60% of Americans approved of the package. What's the point: You don't need to do a lot of hoop jumping to see how passing a popular piece of legislation could help the Democrats electorally. It also can't hurt Democrats that the bill was universally opposed by Republican members of Congress. So what the heck is the GOP seeing to make them come out against such a popular bill? Sometimes electoral math isn't straight forward. Something can be popular without having major ramifications. For this relief package, let's start with the fact that it's not clear that improving the economy is at the top of their minds. Remember, we just had an election where the candidate who was more trusted on the economy (Donald Trump) lost. Just 16% of Americans now say the economy is one of the nation's most important problems, according to Gallup. That's one of the lowest measures for economic importance in the past decade.