According to the Huffington Post and YouGov, 23 percent of Americans have been unemployed and looking for work at some point in the past five years, and another 35 percent have someone in their immediate family who had been jobless.
The survey results are similar to earlier findings by researchers at the Rutgers University John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, who found in 2010 that 56 percent of Americans had either lost a job or had a family member who lost their job, the Huffington Post reports.
The poll found that whether Americans been impacted by the crisis or not, they have little confidence in either political party to handle reducing unemployment.
Only 10 percent of respondents said that they were 'very confident' in either the Republican or Democratic parties to handle the issue.
According to the survey 56 percent said they were either 'not very confident' or 'not confident at all' in the Democratic Party's ability to handle the issue, while an almost identical 57 percent said the same about the Republican Party.
Among those who have been unemployed in the last five years, 55 percent said that they are either not very confident or not at all confident in the Democratic Party's ability to handle unemployment, and 64 percent said the same about the Republican Party, the report said.
But among those who have neither been unemployed themselves nor know someone who has, 63 percent are not very or not at all confident in the Democratic Party and 50 percent said the same about Republicans.
Although many Americans said they were either very or somewhat confident in one party or the other to handle unemployment, about a quarter said they were not confident in either party.
The poll found that the two parties are rated almost equally on the unemployment issue even though, overall, the survey showed that the Democratic Party is somewhat more popular than the Republican Party.
Nearly 40 percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of the Democratic Party, while 33 percent said the same about Republicans, the report added.
--ANI (Posted on 25-03-2013)