$600 Additional Unemployment Benefit Requested by Citizens

Americans Want An Additional $600 Unemployment Benefit

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), approved a stimulus check for the majority of American households and extended the number of weekly unemployment benefits by $600 through July 31, 2020.

According to a published post by The Finance Buzz, however, the majority of those eligible for the COVID-19 stimulus checks have already received them, the extended unemployment benefits are about to expire, and Americans have been without additional relief for months despite a nationwide increase in coronavirus cases and a rise in the number of states mandating business closures.

 $600 Additional Unemployment Benefit Requested by Citizens
69% of Americans Want the $600 Unemployment Benefit Extended (Photo: Finance Buzz)

69% of Americans Want the $600 Unemployment Benefit Extended

More than half of all Americans (54%) think that the federal government doesn’t support COVID-19-affected families adequately. According to 85% of Americans, the federal government ought to approve a second stimulus payment for people and families.

A majority of Americans,58% believe that there should be an income cap on the payment of the second stimulus package, and 32% believe that everyone should be entitled to money, regardless of income. These included an additional $600 a week of unemployment benefits and a stimulus package worth up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent, called economic impact payments.

Despite support for the CARES Act, only 16% of Americans believe federal efforts are more than enough to help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of about 54% of respondents think the government should do more, and 31% think that DC lawmakers should do more to provide the right amount of help.