Sunday, March 06, 2011
Most Americans favor some kind of government action to help the unemployed, but now nearly half oppose the idea of the government simply hiring more workers.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 31% think increased government hiring would be good for the economy. However, 47% say it would be bad for the economy if the government hires more, while 14% say it would have no impact. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Americans were more evenly divided in October, when 35% thought the government hiring more workers would be good for the economy and 39% said it would be bad.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of adults now believe the government should do nothing if people can’t find work for an extended period of time. Sixteen percent (16%) say the government should extend their unemployment benefits indefinitely, while 28% think the government should pay for their retraining. Another 16% say the government should hire the long-term unemployed. These findings are little changed from October.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 25-26, 2011 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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