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40% Think Government Should Do Nothing for Long-Term Unemployed

Thursday, September 05, 2013

More adults than ever think the government should step back from aiding those who can’t find work after an extended period of time. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 19% of American Adults think the government should help out the long-term unemployed in a big way, with nine percent (9%) who say their unemployment benefits should be extended indefinitely and 10% who say the government should just hire them. Twenty-five percent (25%) prefer the short-term government solution of paying for their retraining, the lowest level of support since October 2011. 

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 1-2, 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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