Majority of Voters Favor Ending Supplemental Unemployment Benefits

Forty-six percent (46%) of American voters know someone who is making more money by collecting unemployment than they could earn by working. Among those who know someone in that situation, 82% favor ending the pandemic related supplemental benefits and returning unemployment benefits to normal levels.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters favor ending the pandemic unemployment payments. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% are opposed and 10% are not sure.

Twenty-five (25) states have ended or set dates to end payment of pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

Throughout the pandemic, there has been a significant partisan divide on just about every aspect of the issue. Republican voters have consistently been more optimistic than Democrats. All the states dropping the supplemental benefits are led by Republican governors.

Among the voting public, support for ending the benefits is found across partisan, ideological, and demographic lines. A majority of voters in every measured demographic group favor ending those benefits. Support comes from 86% of Republicans, 67% of independent voters, and 59% of Democrats.

Additionally, among all voters, 68% believe ending the supplemental benefits will encourage people currently receiving unemployment benefits to take a job.

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