Poll: Majority of Swing State Voters Back $600 Unemployment Payments

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Pedestrians wearing protective masks wait in line for food donations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in the Corona neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

By Jason Devaney (NEWSMAX)

The majority of voters in swing states said they support extending a $600 weekly payment to Americans who have lost their jobs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the economy.

Key figures in the CNBC/Change Research poll:

  • A combined 62% said they strongly support or somewhat support the continuation of the $600 weekly unemployment benefits, which are on top of whatever a person is collecting from their state.
  • A combined 80% said the government should send another round of $1,200 payments to Americans who make less than $99,000.
  • A combined 69% said the federal government should step in and provide financial relief to state and local governments that are facing budget shortfalls related to the pandemic.

The $600 weekly payments expired last week. Congress is working to resume the program, and Senate Republicans have proposed cutting the payments to $200 per week, which Democrats disagree on.

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