Poll: Unemployed Overwhelmingly Support Hillary

Clinton finished ahead of Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley in online poll.

By Published on April 28, 2015

Hillary Clinton now has an endorsement from a prominent group of unemployed people as she moves to become the Democratic nominee for president.

The announcement came Monday after the Union of Unemployed (UCubed), a nonprofit which represents unemployed Americans, conducted an online poll over Facebook. The poll showed its members overwhelmingly support Hillary compared to other candidates. Rick Sloan, president of UCubed, notes much of the support is a result of Hillary indirectly addressing concerns the group brought up in a letter.

“We wrote an open letter to Hillary Clinton in late March,” Sloan told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “At the end of the letter we made an appeal to Hillary Clinton to become our champion.”

Sloan said that when her announcement video was released, his members noticed Hillary used language similar to the group’s letter. Though she never directly replied to the group, the members feel the video signaled she had received their letter and that she was listening.

“They knew that she had responded,” Sloan continued. “It’s the language she used during her announcement; it’s a history of fighting for blue collar workers.”

Hillary received 59.4 percent of the votes followed by Bernie Sanders at 32.4 percent and Martin O’Malley at 3.3 percent. The poll surveyed roughly a thousand of the group’s members. No Republican made the top five.

Despite this, some policies Hillary supports may actually contribute to unemployment according to some economists. Specifically, her support for raising the minimum wage which, as Correct the Record noted, has been a hallmark of her career. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found in a recent report that, despite popular belief, employment for low skilled workers actually falls as the minimum wage goes up.


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