Majority of voters support a federal jobs guarantee program

More than 70 percent of voters in a national poll released Wednesday said they would support a federal jobs program.

Forty-two percent of respondents said they would “somewhat support” such a program while 36 percent said they would “strongly support” it, according to a Harris/HillTV poll. Five percent “somewhat” opposed such an initiative, while 6 percent strongly opposed it. Another 11 percent were unsure.

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Majorities also supported such a program when the results were separated by gender. Thirty-four percent of women and 38 percent of men strongly supported the idea, while 45 percent of women and 40 percent of men supported it. Five percent of both men and women strongly opposed it, while 3 percent of men and 8 percent of women strongly supported it.

The strongest support for the idea came from those who identified as strongly liberal, 62 percent of whom said they strongly support it. Forty-seven percent of those who said they leaned liberal strongly supported a national jobs program, as did 39 percent of moderates, 15 percent of those who leaned conservative and 25 percent of those who were strongly conservative.

The poll was conducted among 1,000 registered U.S. voters online from Oct. 28 to 29 with results based on a nationally representative sample of 484 people. It has a 3.1-point margin of error.