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Analysis: 1 number that shows why the GOP should be wary of fighting against Covid-19 relief

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The legislative fight over President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus bill begins in earnest this week on Capitol Hill, with the House expected to attempt to pass the measure by later this week in hopes of getting it to the Senate and passed into law by mid-March.

(CNN)The legislative fight over President Joe Biden's $1. 9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus bill begins in earnest this week on Capitol Hill, with the House expected to attempt to pass the measure by later this week in hopes of getting it to the Senate and passed into law by mid-March.

While there's no doubt that there's some risk in passing such a massive spending bill with only Democratic votes, a data point in a new Gallup national poll should give McConnell and the Republican resisters some pause about just how hard they want to fight Biden on this bill.

What's even more remarkable than that overall finding is this: More than 1 in 3 self-identified Republicans (34%) approve of how Biden is dealing with the virus -- more than double the amount who approve of Biden's approach to foreign affairs (15%) or the economy (12%).

What that means is simple: Biden is trusted by a large -- and somewhat bipartisan -- swath of the American public on the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic right now.

So if Biden says we need a large stimulus package to ensure we get more people vaccinated, help out those who have lost business and jobs in the pandemic and do various other large and small things to combat the effects of the coronavirus, well then, at this moment he's likely to be given the benefit of the doubt by most Americans.

Which is why McConnell and his fellow Republicans are trying to focus their attacks less on the legislation itself (or even on the virus) and more on the fact that Biden is not doing things in a bipartisan manner.

And a fight over the Covid-19 stimulus package is not one Republicans can win right now.

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