At a Glance: Findings from the April SCE Public Policy Survey
Survey data track consumers’ outlook on public policy—likelihood of changes and impact of shifts
- The average percent chance of an expansion in unemployment benefits increased sharply to 53.4 percent in April 2020 from 15.3 percent in December 2019. Expectations for a year-ahead change in unemployment benefits were comparable across age, gender, income, and education groups.
- There was a broad-based rise in the share of respondents reporting a positive personal impact associated with a future increase in unemployment benefits and a potential decrease in the payroll tax rate.
- There were also large increases in the average reported likelihood of a year-ahead increase in federal welfare benefits and expansions in affordable housing and federal student loan forgiveness.
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