Poll: Plurality say government should do nothing for long-term unemployed

New Rasmussen polling finds a plurality (39 percent) of Americans think the government should do nothing for the long-term unemployed. Twelve percent think the government should hire the long-term unemployed, 8 percent think government should extend unemployment benefits indefinitely, and 32 percent think the government, or the taxpayers, should pay for their retraining.

These results are explained in part because 54 percent say it’s possible to find work these days, up from 44 percent in November. Also, nearly half (47 percent) of Americans think government hiring more people would hurt the economy. These findings are especially interesting given that three out of four Americans know someone who is out of a job and looking for work.

Rasmussen also found a new high of 43 percent who expect unemployment to be higher a year from now, while 30 percent expect it to be lower and 23 percent think unemployment will stay the same.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • yy4u2

    Those are some big percents that think govt can do something constructive for job creation. Fascists?

  • slackwarerobert

    They should be asking, “Can we take YOUR money, and give it to an unemployed person?” Then lets see what the answer is. Since the government is bankrupt, they have to get money for this somewhere.
    So how many responded, they already have food stamps and welfare, how much more do they need?

  • slackwarerobert

    But since the private sector can’t keep up with demand, maybe have them make guns and bullets for the people.