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Americans more impacted by COVID-19 are more likely to support Democrat-favored social safety-net programs, researchers say


The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.4% in August.

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In a pandemic election year that has seen unprecedented numbers of people filing for unemployment benefits and at least 205,000 Americans dead from COVID-19, a new study suggests that people who have been more severely impacted by the virus are more inclined to support expanding government safety-net programs.

Exposure to the fallout of COVID-19 — both real and perceived — “strongly” predicts support for expanding government-provided health care and unemployment insurance in the long term,…


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