Americans urge further infra investment

The majority of US citizens believe that not enough is being done to meet the country’s infrastructure needs, new research has found.

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A survey by Ipsos, commissioned by the Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA), found that 57% of Americans think the country is not doing enough on infrastructure - although the impacts of federal efforts such as the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) do appear to be having some impact, with the figure down by four percentage points since 2021.

Nonetheless, 52% said the country is not building the infrastructure it needs quickly enough, with 57% believing the country’s infrastructure is not sufficiently adapted to deal with climate change.

“US citizens are starting to recognize the great progress being made but want to see more and quicker infrastructure delivery,” said GIIA chief executive, Jon Phillips. “This points to a greater role for the private sector, and we encourage officials at federal and state level to build on the US’s appeal to global infrastructure investors.

“Fundamental to those efforts will be enabling greater utilisation of public-private partnerships at the state level, reforming a cumbersome permitting system and ensuring that IIJA funds and IRA credits successfully crowd in additional private investment.”