According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, more than half of Americans support some states’ move to end a $ 300 weekly unemployment benefit allowance months before it officially expires.
At least 23 states have announced an early end to federal unemployment programs in recent weeks. The self-employed and long-term unemployed in most countries lose their benefits completely.
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54 percent of Americans believe the state governors are doing the right thing by ending the benefits early. According to the Quinnipiac poll, 38% think they’re doing the wrong thing.
The states, all led by Republican governors, cite labor shortages as a motivating factor for the cuts, which begin June 12. (The US bailout plan offers them until September 6th.) State officials argue that improved benefits provide an incentive for people to stay unemployed.
Many economists believe that the payments are not the main contributor to hiring problems. They say health risks, along with other pandemic factors such as childcare challenges and early retirement, are the main driver behind a smaller workforce.
Support for the benefit cuts breaks heavily by partisan standards – 89% of Republicans believe states are doing the right thing, compared with only 32% of Democrats, according to the Quinnipiac poll. It is true for 54% of independents.
Findings also differ by gender and income, with men and wealthier Americans more likely to agree with the governors’ decision. According to the poll, only 36% of blacks and 46% of Hispanics think that’s right, compared with 62% of whites.
Minorities, low-wage earners and women were disproportionately affected by job losses during the pandemic.