Majority support for extending jobless benefits
The poll, which was released Wednesday, indicates a partisan divide, with overwhelming support from Democrats (83% 13%), majority backing from independents (54% 41%), and opposition from Republicans by a 54% 42% margin.
Thanks to support from six Republican lawmakers, the legislation passed an initial procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, but some of those Republicans say they will pull their support unless Democrats come up with a way to pay for the $6.4 billion bill.
The White House and congressional Democrats say the legislation is a top priority, but Republicans accuse them of sabotaging their own bill by refusing to come up with a compromise offset in order to have a political issue they could use to attack Republicans in the 2014 mid term elections.
So how might the issue, which is increasingly in the national spotlight, affect November’s midterm elections, when the entire House of Representatives and more than a third of the Senate are up for grabs?
“If a candidate for Congress supports extending jobless benefits, 33 percent are more likely to vote for that candidate, with 24 percent less likely and 40 percent who say it won’t affect their vote,” says a release from Quinnipiac University.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted January 4 7, with 1,487 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Senior Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.
“If you want to learn something and be open to the other side of the argument with regards to long term UI, look at North Carolina.”
Don’t be silly. Just so everyone understands: NC’s GOP/Teatrolls got rid of state benefits, which disqualified NC for the federal program as well. The unemployment RATE fell, but the number of unemployed remained almost constant because the decrease in unemployment RATE was entirely related to a surge in people ceasing to look for work in response to the screwing the GOP/Teatrolls had just handed them. NC’s labor participation rate just hit an all time low this past October, and if you look at the line graph of it, you can see the massive nosedive after the GOP/Teatrolls in NC pulled this stunt. They gave up because they were being beat down. Google the “7 charts that show why Congress should extend long term unemployment benefits.”
January 9, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am
I think most Republicans are actually in favor of extending the benefits. They simply insist that doing that isn’t free so let’s pay for it. The administration says “No”. Then CNN and most posters here brand the Republicans as hard hearted, mean spirited and obstructionists. Excellent logic!
Sorry, not buying it. The GOP wants to “help” the poor by ending their food support, or help students by de funding schools, or the unemployed by taking away UI.
One the other hand, they protect industry supports for oil (that costs far more than the support for the hungry or poor) in the form of corporate socialism.
The GOP’s real problem is it no loger actually “sees” people in our nation. They see problems, but not the people suffering those problems. They see the President standing with “props” not the problems of those Hollister people he is trying to fix. Lastly: “corporatio Hollister ns are people too”. That is the delusion of the GOP and their rich patriarchs.
January 9, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am
Suppose the Congress approves this extension for 3 months. If the jobs picture doesn’t improve then what? For all practical purposes the Obama Administration has only one plan. Screw the rich, the real job creators. Some of you on here are calling the real job creators garbage. With Obama Care keeping unemployment too high there will be few jobs in the balance. You can scream and holler all you want to, but in the long run, Beggars can’t be choosers. Sorry! Those are the facts!
Hector you overlook just one teensy thing: while the GOP has aggressively torn up the social safety net for the poor cutting food stupport, reducing income supports and expiring UI, absolutely NOTHING has been done to the rich. Their tax rates haven’t been jacked up (Romney still pays at a far lower rate than I do). No castles seiz Hollister ed, no businesses taken, no income caps implemented nothing. The rich still get their industry supports. The poor? No so much.
So what would you do? What’s your big plan to take care of the poor in America?
January 9, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am
It is precisely because the Republicans are suggesting that the money be taken from programs that affect average Americans already overburdened versus corporations or defense spending that we are in the current impasse Keith.
This administration has repeatedly demonstrated t Hollister heir willingness to compromise (See John Boehner’s grinning face after the debt ceiling negotiations of 2011). The Republicans have on the other hand demonstrated an uncanny talent for hostage taking and fiscally irresponsible goverment shutdowns.