New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Reauthorized Unemployment Insurance Benefits

New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Reauthorized Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Posted by: Teaway Zehyoue Collins

With federal unemployment insurance programs set to expire November 30, voters across the country have expressed a unified voice for the need to continue this economically vital measure.

Today, the Half in Ten Campaign and the National Employment Law Project released findings of a recent survey by Hart Research Associates, which revealed that a strong majority of voters (roughly two-thirds, or 67 percent) say the government should continue to provide unemployment benefits until the unemployment rate declines substantially. Even when asked if the deficit is a reason to start cutting back unemployment benefits, Americans rejected this idea at 73 percent to 24 percent.