National Survey of
1,000 American Adults
Conducted January 8-9, 2014
By Rasmussen Reports
1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about government unemployment benefits?
2* Congress is now considering a proposal that would continue combined state and federal unemployment benefits for up to 73 weeks for those unable to find a job. Do you favor or oppose continuing these unemployment benefits?
3* Supporters estimate that this extension of federal unemployment benefits will cost $6.4 billion. Some members of Congress are willing to support the extension in exchange for $6.4 billion in spending cuts elsewhere in the federal budget. Do you favor or oppose extending unemployment benefits in exchange for off-setting budget cuts?
4* Is it possible for anyone with a college degree and willing to work to find a job within 73 weeks?
5* Generally speaking, do long-term unemployment benefits increase or decrease the number of people who remain unemployed? Or do they have no impact on the unemployment level?
6* Do long-term unemployment benefits help or hurt the economy, or do they have no impact?
7* Have you or anyone in your immediate family received unemployment benefits in the past year?
8* Have you or anyone in your family been turned down for a job in the past year?
9* Have you or anyone in your family turned down a job offer in the past year?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence