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7 in 10 support additional coronavirus relief payments: Gallup

7 in 10 support additional coronavirus relief payments: Gallup
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The majority of Americans said they support additional coronavirus relief payments, according to a new poll, as Congress and the Trump administration remain deadlocked over another COVID-19 package.

Seven in 10 Americans said they would support the government sending a second stimulus payment to all qualified adults, according to poll released Tuesday by Gallup and Franklin Templeton.

The majority of Americans of both major political parties said they support the additional payment, but more Democrats said so than Republicans. The poll found 82 percent of Democrats said they support additional stimulus payments, as did 64 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of independents.

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The federal government earlier in the year sent one-time stimulus checks of $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for couples earning up to a certain income threshold as part of the CARES Act, but top congressional Democrats and administration officials have remained at an impasse regarding additional stimulus funding, which may include another round of impact payments.

Gallup also surveyed Americans on different maximum levels of direct payments they think the government should approve as part of the next coronavirus relief package. The majority of respondents, 66 percent, said the maximum payout should be set at $900 or above, including 68 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of independents, based on the poll.

The CARES Act also provided unemployed Americans with $600 weekly benefits, which expired in July. Republicans have argued continuing such payments disincentives Americans to return to work. However, Gallup’s poll found that the vast majority of respondents indicated a desire to return to work.

Their willingness to do so varied little when they were presented with different hypothetical levels of additional federal unemployment benefits.

Gallup asked Americans receiving unemployment insurance how likely they are to return to their previous job if the federal government extends additional weekly benefits by $150, $300 and $450. Respondents were about just as likely to say they are “very likely” to return to work when asked about $450 in additional payments, at 52 percent, as they were when asked about $150, at 54 percent, based on the poll.

The survey was conducted as part of the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study and is based on self-administered web surveys from an opt-in sample of 5,000 adults. The survey was conducted Aug. 3-11. Gallup said there was no margin of error associated with the poll since it was based on an opt-in panel.

Updated at 11:35 a.m.