Americans support states’ decision to end $300 unemployment benefit, Quinnipiac poll finds

By CNBC - May 26, 2021

More than half of Americans support the move of some states to end a $300 weekly supplement to unemployment benefits months before it officially expires, according to a Quinnipiac University poll issued Wednesday.


At least 23 states have announced an early end to federal unemployment programs in recent weeks. Self-employed workers and the long-term unemployed will lose benefits entirely in most states.

Fifty-four percent of Americans think the state governors are doing the right thing by ending the benefits ahead of schedule; 38% think they’re doing the wrong thing, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

The states, all led by Republican governors, cite labor shortages as the motivating factor for the cuts, which start as early as June 12.

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