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Questions - Unemployment Benefits - November 30-December 1, 2010

27% Favor a Government-Managed Economy
Americans Question Whether Extended Unemployment Benefits Do More Harm Than Good
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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted November 30-December 1, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports


1* Unemployed Americans are now eligible for up to 99 weeks of combined state and federal unemployment benefits because of emergency legislation passed by Congress. Is 99 weeks of unemployment benefits too long, too short, or about right?



2* Does providing unemployment benefits for 99 weeks increase the number of people who remain unemployed?



3* Is it possible for anyone with a college degree and is willing to work to find a job within 99 weeks?



4* What is the appropriate role of government in the economy? Should the government manage the economy, provide programs like unemployment insurance to help people through difficult times, or should the government stay out of economic decisions entirely?



NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence