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37% Say More Government Hiring Would Be Good For Economy

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Most Americans continue to oppose extended government help for the long-term unemployed, although fewer see an increase in government hiring as a bad thing for the U.S. economy.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 12% of American Adults believe the government should extend unemployment benefits indefinitely for those who can’t find work for an extended period of time. Just as many (11%) think the government should hire those who can’t find work for an extended period. But a third (34%) prefer the short-term solution of paying for their retraining, while another third (34%) think the government should do nothing at all for the long-term unemployed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 3-4, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports.The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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