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10% Think Government Should Hire Long-Term Unemployed

Friday, May 03, 2013

Americans still don't think more government hiring is the answer to the country's unemployment problems.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 10% of American Adults think the government should hire those who can't find work after an extended period of time. Fourteen percent (14%) believe their unemployment benefits should be extended indefinitely, while 28% feel the government should pay for their retraining. Thirty-four percent (34%) think the government should do nothing at all for the long-term unemployed, but that’s down from a high of 39% in December. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 30-May 1, 2013 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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