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Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos & SEIU. 12/8-12. Registered voters. MoE ±3.1%
Q: Would you support or oppose extending the federal unemployment insurance program though the end of 2012 so that 6 million out-of-work Americans can continue to receive benefits?

Support: 53
Oppose: 33
Not sure: 14

This is one of those cases where at the policy level there's a right answer and a wrong answer; it's nice to see a majority supporting the right answer, as they do here. A recent United Technologies/National Journal poll offered three choices—support the extension, oppose the extension, or something in between—and, not surprisingly, produced a more mixed response.

Of course, a mere 53 (or, for that matter, 63) percent of Americans supporting something that would be good both for millions of individuals and for the economy as a whole is no guarantee congressional Republicans will let it through. If Congress does not extend the emergency unemployment benefits by Dec. 31, it would be the first time in history a Congress had reduced the weeks of unemployment benefits with unemployment as high as it currently is. But look for Republicans to cut the benefits and go around bragging that they made history.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Good news as that extension isn't talked about (2+ / 0-)
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    Palafox, gabjoh

    The Dems don't seem to have the same commitment to UI extension (a real one with an added tier) as they do the easy tax cut extension.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 01:05:37 PM PST

  •  Congress, especially Republicans, blocks good, (2+ / 0-)
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    Palafox, cocinero

    popular legislation all the time. It's the rule more than it is the exception. So I hardly expect the GOP to capitulate to popular opinion (they sure as hell didn't on the stimulus, hcr, or jobs bill) this time around.

  •  Is this something (0+ / 0-)

    that comes under the Paygo rules?

  •  GOP: The party of Lincoln or the Party of Scrooge (1+ / 0-)
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    Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. ~ Al Gore

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 02:52:49 PM PST

    •  it's the party of snakes, and of snake handlers (1+ / 0-)
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      Lefty Coaster

      Michele Bachmann doesn't need to make sense when 30% of the people she's talking to speak in tongues and convulse in the aisles of their Pentecostal Church.

      "By your late thirties the ground has begun to grow hard. It grows harder and harder until the day that it admits you.” Thomas McGuane, Nobody's Angel

      by Keith930 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:06:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Majorities ain't what they used to be. (0+ / 0-)

    Thus spake Harry Reid.

  •  ever since Dubya, the GOP has been "bizarro" (0+ / 0-)

    from failing to raise taxes during a time of war (a hitherto UNprecedented move) to their dogmatic insistence on blocking legislation that will help "we the people" and taxing the 1% who have basically been screwing us all since Reagan, I just CANNOT fathom what drives them!

    The sooner we drive them out of office in sufficient quantities for sane heads to prevail on matters of public policy, the sooner we will return to some semblance of what "America the Beautiful" USED to be - not the "America the Troubled" that it currently is.

    For a better America, vote the GOP out of office whenever and wherever possible and as soon (and as often) as possible!

    by dagnome on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:00:55 PM PST

  •  the only majority that counts is the Congressional (0+ / 0-)

    majority...and they no longer represent the majority.  That sounds fascile, but it is the fundamental truth of our democracy.  What to do about it is the imperative question.

    I'm not sure there is a palatable answer to that.  In the wake of the United Citizens decision in the SCOTUS, most doors have been closed.  Those that remain open onto a landscape that many are hesitant to enter.  

    All I know is that banging drums and camping out in the park isn't going to change things.  That, at the end of the day, is merely a nuisance.  Unless you can jam up the machinery with a real monkey wrench, any form of street theater will be ineffectual.  The oligarchy isn't afraid of tents.  It's afraid of seeing its assets not increasing month over month.

    I would like to see a greater exploration of th power of the boycott...on a selected and focussed basis.  We all need to put gas in our cars...but we don't need to put Chevron gas in our cars.  What would happen if we all formed a movement to not purchase gas from one company?  And kept it up for a year?  Ditto with the banks.  If we could just freeze out one large entity entirely, we could show that it not only isn't to big to fail, but show how little noise it makes when it does fail.  What if we did to WalMart what Cesar Chavex did to table grapes?  Picketed outside their stores and formed a nationwide movement to put a dent in their profits?  

    When their bottom line suffers, they will take heed and call up their minions in Congress.  Until that time...get your freak on and dress up like one of the Fruit of the Loom characters and bang on a drum in some park.  People will dismiss you, and corporations will ignore you.

    "By your late thirties the ground has begun to grow hard. It grows harder and harder until the day that it admits you.” Thomas McGuane, Nobody's Angel

    by Keith930 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:03:16 PM PST

  •  And, for how long.... (1+ / 0-)
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    And, then what?

    Daily Kos/SEIU poll finds majority support for unemployment extension

    No doubt there is "majority support" for an unemployment extension...but the key question is after that extension runs out...what then?

    Jobs, guys.  The government can't just make sure everyone that doesn't get a job has everything they need/want.

    That's just too much to ask of those that actually pay taxes and into the "system".

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:04:21 PM PST

  •  Failure to extend unemployment insurance (0+ / 0-)

    On the Face the Nation, August 21, Mark Zandi said:

    Well, if we don't extend the payroll tax holiday and if we do not extend the Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits which also expire at the end of the year, then that's going to cost the economy in 2012, calendar year 2012, about a percentage point of GDP growth. And that translates into about a million jobs by the end of 2012. So if we don't do those things, then the number of people employed will be a million less than otherwise would be the case.

    So much for the GOP concern for creating jobs.

  •  Don’t worry. (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, gabjoh

    Obama and the democrats will make another dream-come-true concession to the republicans for a one-time unemployment extension (like the tax-cuts for the rich concession they made last time) although an extension of unemployment benefits has strong public support.

  •  "We made tough choices to reduce the deficit!" (0+ / 0-)

    (except we will never experience the consequences of this choice so it doesn't count as tough)

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:06:21 PM PST

  •  Great! (0+ / 0-)

    ...and since there's no science required, the Catholic Bishops don't oppose it (idle hands and devil's workshop stuff), and since there are probably as many unemployed Republicans as there are Democrats, the Obama Administration may forge ahead!


    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:15:19 PM PST

  •  Potential problem: Look for a push poll worded" (1+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie

    "Would you support or oppose extending the federal unemployment insurance program though the end of 2012 if  it added to the deficit?"

    Watch for something like that.

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

    by TheGrandWazoo on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:46:19 PM PST

  •  Dems should read part of Christmas Carol on (1+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie

    floor of House and Senate:

    From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.

    "Oh, Man, look here! Look, look, down here!" exclaimed the Ghost.

    They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.

    Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

    "Spirit, are they yours?" Scrooge could say no more.

    "They are Man's," said the Spirit, looking down upon them. "And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!" cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. "Slander those who tell it ye. Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse. And abide the end."

    "Have they no refuge or resource?" cried Scrooge.

    "Are there no prisons?" said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. "Are there no workhouses?"

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

    by TheGrandWazoo on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:52:54 PM PST

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