Here are the results of our Unemployment Extension Poll. Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories. Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population. Nevertheless, our polls are often both accurate and indicative of the nation’s view.
And here are your comments:
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Posted by Rixar13 February 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm.
Posted by Lynn Squance February 15, 2014 at 1:06 am.
I voted "Only for something BIG in return." The GOP are either too stupid or too ornery to understand the economic implications of extending unemployment benefits. They will find a way to twist things . . . a real FUBAR . . . so that they can crown Obama with economic failure. The GOP are ideological idiots. I hope the electorate give them a free pass to the unemployment line . . . and no unemployment benefits. I presume you have to have worked in order to collect benefits.
Posted by Patty February 14, 2014 at 1:47 am.
I voted "yes, before Oct. 1". I think they won’t get "something big" before then and they will decide they need the votes in November if they want to hold onto shaky seats in Congress.
Posted by Edie February 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm. From 98.159.136.x Report Abuse
They don’t care about the people who are suffering because there are no jobs. They will only vote to extend UI benefits after they get some big concession that will hurt other poor people.
Posted by gene jacobson February 13, 2014 at 8:28 am.
Well, I was torn over this one. In any year but an election year, I’d say no unless they got something big in return, but then they did get to cut SNAP benefits and Obama signed that bill. So, while I believe completely that the Republican party does not have the soul of a rock and would not extend a helping hand to anything or anyone that didn’t provide a profit to them ideologically or financially, this IS an election year and those out of work for so long, well, I expect they will find a way to vote. And I am quite sure the republican party knows that. Then again, they knew it in 2012 too and just look at what THAT platform contained. They don’t seem capable of learning from past mistakes, they continue to alienate any and all minority groups as well as women and those of us who believe that investment in America and Americans always returns a profit, so yeah, they may will stick to their master plan. But for that fact that so many are hurt by it, I wouldn’t mind, because they are on the way to making themselves an historical afterthought, and nothing could be better in the long run for America and Americans than that.
Posted by Lynn Squance in reply to gene jacobson February 15, 2014 at 12:55 am.
Well said Gene. I was thinking the same thing but you say it so much better. "an historical afterthought" . . . what a wonderful thought!
Posted by Helga Ganguly February 13, 2014 at 7:55 am.
My husband was out of work for 25 months. Unemployment and the extension is all that saved us.After being home owners since 1981,we missed our first house payment on election Day of 2008 and.My husband has been a CTO anCEO for much of his career and as the last company defaulted ,my husband had taken out lines of credit to sustain the company and our household. The board of Directors was Japanese.Since when do the Japanese run out of money? Any way,long story short,my husband is a scientist,not an accountant. Incentive to work? You think $450 a week is incentive to a man with a $7,000 mortgage payment? He found another job but took it at a level lower than VP even though the salary was good and equal to his former salary. At Thanksgiving,he was downsized.We have no insurance after March.I am disabled.All of my pills cost $1500 a month ,or did 2 years ago.We’ve been in foreclosure since 2009 and bankruptcy.There are not a lot of VP CEO,and CTO jobs around. Ask the wife.I never asked him to join start-ups but I wasn’t asked. Wives aren’t ever asked.In 40 years,I’ve never been asked,did I want a husband with no IRA,no savings,no bonus,no pension,so that HE can be fulfilled. I wonder if that’s why I’m a cripple.Ya think?
Posted by Joanne D February 13, 2014 at 4:26 am.
I feel like I am voting in hindsight – there has already been one vote, Democrats caved on everything they asked for, and they still voted no. I can see why they might want to wait until September, but if they think that will reap them electoral gratitude, they ought to read the fable about the genie in the bottle again.
Two choices tied in this one. Because I am convinced that Obama and the Democrats will not offer them anything BIG in return, I voted ‘Yes – before Oct.1’. It won’t happen soon, because the immediate threat to Republicans who might vote for it is to be TEAbuggered in the primary. But after the primaries are over, they will be changing their tunes in a desperate attempt to fool voters that are not the extremist, hateful bastards that they really are. Extending unemployment benefits may well be a late desperation attempt on their part to accomplish this.
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