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62% Prefer Minimum Wage States Jobs As An Alternative To Welfare

A majority of voters nationwide like the idea of state governments offering jobs instead of welfare payments to those seeking work.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters think state governments should offer those who have lost their jobs and been unsuccessfully looking for work minimum wage jobs instead of welfare payments. Twenty percent (20%) don’t like this idea, while 19% more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A majority of voters of all political party affiliations agree with states offering jobs instead of payments to willing workers, but Democrats are more supportive than Republicans and adults not affiliated with either party.

Tea Party voters are less supportive of the idea than those who are not members of the grass roots movement.

Seventy percent (77%) of union members support state governments hiring, compared to 60% of non-union members.

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The match-up surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters were conducted August 29-30, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error for the surveys is +/- 3% 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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