Capitol Report: Already, a jobs-guarantee idea polls pretty well

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is among the likely Democratic presidential contenders backing a jobs-guarantee plan — an idea that’s popular with nearly half of American voters, according to a new poll.

Does the prospect of a government-guaranteed job appeal to you? You’ve got company: nearly half of U.S. voters like the idea, according to a recent poll.

The proposal has been getting some traction on the left lately, after being floated by think tanks and embraced by likely Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders.

In a new Rasmussen Reports poll, 46% said they favored such a program. Sanders, according to the Washington Post, backs a version that would see local and state governments offer proposals for public works projects. Workers would be hired for at least $15 an hour with paid family and medical leave.

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There are numerous practical questions about a jobs-guarantee plan, including its cost. In one proposal, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated an annual cost of $543 billion for the creation of 9.7 million full-time jobs.

A plan like Sanders’ is dead on arrival as long as Republicans control Congress. Heading into this fall’s midterm elections, the GOP has touted the tax cuts signed by President Donald Trump in December. Polls, meanwhile, show the new law isn’t popular with voters.

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Another poll shows the Vermont senator among the top three contenders for the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary. Sanders trails the leader, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and runner-up, former Vice President Joe Biden, in the Suffolk University poll released Wednesday. New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary.

Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters from April 24-25. The margin of error for the poll was plus or minus 3 percentage points.