A recent poll showed that almost 90 percent of participants do not agree with the Biden administration’s definition of “bipartisan” according to Breitbart News.
The Morning Consult poll questioned registered voters across the nation if they agreed with the current administration’s terminology about how to work with members of the opposing party.
“The administration’s new concept of the term ‘bipartisanship’ means they will use the term on anything which has support from voters of both parties, no matter how broad, but lacks the support from congressional Republicans,” Breitbart reported.
Biden adviser Anita Dunn said in a confusing statement to The Washington Post in April that the administration was working on COVID-19 relief legislation that faced unified opposition from the GOP, but also had widespread support from both Democrats and Republicans.
“If you looked up ‘bipartisan’ in the dictionary, I think it would say support from Republicans and Democrats. It doesn’t say the Republicans have to be in Congress,” Dunn said.
While the administration might feel comfortable with that definition, the Morning Consult poll found that only one in ten voters polled agreed that “something counts as bipartisan when it’s supported by Democratic and Republican voters.”
The Biden administration is only a few months old and according to Jim Manley, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) during the presidency of George W. Bush, their window to garner enough support for their infrastructure bill could be closing.
“Most everyone in the caucus, with the exception of one or two, understand that you gotta fish or cut bait,” Manley said on the issue of bipartisanship with the administration.