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GOP Incumbents in Key Districts Are Vulnerable for Wanting to Slash Unemployment Benefits

Majorities of Republican voters don’t want jobless benefits cut.

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“Anywhere from 63-to-68 percent of voters in the five districts support continuing unemployment benefits with only 28-to-34 percent okay with cutting them,” PPP said. “Seventy-nine-to-85 percent of Democrats in the districts support keeping extended benefits in place, but so do anywhere from 58-to-64 percent of independents and 48-60 percent of Republicans. This is a rare issue in this polarized political climate where we find agreement across party lines.”

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, the low-wage economy, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).