2021 Virginia Unemployment Poll

Publication date: January 18, 2022
Written by: Stefani Buhajla 

A majority of all voters support measures such as work search requirements (70%) and verifying whether those receiving benefits are truly looking for work (73%). There’s also overwhelming support for program integrity measures that will protect unemployment from fraud and abuse.


of likely voters, including 71% of Democrat voters, support requiring the state to implement new website security measures to prevent unemployment agencies from being targeted with fraudulent applications.


support requiring the state to verify an individual’s identity prior to approving their application for benefits.

Nearly three-quarters of all likely voters also support measures that would require weekly cross-checks of unemployment records against new hire records, death records, and prison rolls to ensure those receiving benefits are truly eligible.

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