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As lawmakers wrangle, Americans voice strong support for unemployment extension

Although progressive activists and Democratic U.S. House members hate the Obama-Republican deal on taxes and unemployment extension, the American people like it, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, especially the unemployment extension part, which will see insurance benefits extended for a year as the economy steadily recovers but adds few jobs. Respondents to the poll favored the unemployment extension by more than a two to one margin.