Most voters are in favor of helping the unemployed even if it means adding to the deficit, writes Arthur Delaney at the Huffington Post, who rounds up recent polls:
- A CBS survey found that 52% of respondents—including 35% of Republicans—supported extending unemployment benefits at the cost of increasing the deficit. An ABC poll had the figure at 62%.
- In a Bloomberg poll, 70% of registered voters said controlling unemployment is more important than reducing the deficit (though only 47% supported extending the benefits beyond the usual limits).
Long-term benefits for the unemployed ended in May, after Democrats were unable to gain the necessary support to extend the payments. Last time around, pro-extension lawmakers failed to break a Republican filibuster by only a single vote. Harry Reid says Democrats will try again on Tuesday.
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