LISTEN: USF Survey Shows Strong Support for Stimulus, COVID Spending


TAMPA -- Ahead of president-elect Joe Biden's announcement of a COVID response plan, a new national survey by the University of South Florida in Tampa shows broad support for a new round of stimulus checks and more support for the economy during the pandemic.

USF's School of Public Affairs and the Cyber Florida cybersecurity center surveyed 1,003 Americans for their attitude on stimulus, vaccines and mitigation, such as masks, among other topics.

According to Associate Professor Stephen Neely, more than three quarters of respondents say they would either somewhat or strongly support additional $2,000 stimulus payments and extending federal unemployment benefits for out of work Americans. 75 percent support extending the pause on student loan repayments. 71 percent back extending a federal moratorium on foreclosures and evictiions. According to the survey, strong majorities would support the federal government providing financial relief to small businesses (87%), hard-hit industries (68%), and local governments (66%). Support crossed party lines but Democrats were more supportive.

The survey has a 3.1% margin of error.

LISTEN to an interview with Prof. Stephen Neely:

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